We finally have our first look at Taron Egerton playing Sir Elton.
Ever since we saw that picture of Taron Egerton dressed in a yellow jacket, with big, silver glasses on board a private jet which was released a few months ago, we’ve all been excited to see his take on playing the legendary singer. Rocketman is the upcoming bio-pic of one of music’s biggest and most iconic stars, with Egerton taking on the role of Elton John and the film will tell the story from his beginnings at the Royal Academy Of Music, meeting his creative partner Bernie Taupin, tackling his drug addiction and Elton coming to terms with the realisation of his sexual orientation.
Sir Elton’s life has always been hugely inspirational to so many people and in this brand new featurette, we hear from Taron himself, director Dexter Fletcher and music producer Giles Martin, discussing the pressures of Taron taking on the role and more importantly, we hear Egerton sing for the first time, because taking on Elton’s incredible back-catalogue of work, certainly isn’t easy.
In the short clip, Giles Martin pays Egerton vocal ability a huge compliment by saying “Elton said ‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone ever sing my songs better than Taron'”. Adding to that, Egerton spoke about the pressures of taking on such a legendary figure “The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give our heart-felt interpretation of his life and his music. Elton’s songs have defined moments in people’s lives and the songs have all come from a place of character”.
Check out the brand new featurette below:
Rocketman has a fantastic British, male trio at the core of the film, with Jamie Bell playing Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden playing John Reid, Elton’s manager. Dallas Bryce Howard will also be playing the role of Sheila Eileen Dwight, Elton’s mother. We’ve also been treated to a brand new poster, brought to life by the legendary artist and photographer David Lachapelle, who has worked with Elton throughout his career.
Rocketman is released in May by Paramount.