In the new promotional video for Rocketman, director Dexter Fletcher describes the project as “Elton John’s magical retelling of his own life.” Fletcher acknowledges that because of the nature of Sir Elton John, the “storytelling allowed us to totally indulge in fantasy and imagination.”
The minute and a half video focuses on Sir Elton John and his journey from a young musical prodigy to a singer/songwriter loved by billions across the globe. Rocketman star Taron Egerton notes that it’s amazing Elton John, a working class kid, became one of the biggest icons in the world. Jamie Bell, who plays John’s collaborator Bernie Taupin, says the film’s more than a biopic. “It’s exactly how an Elton John story should be told.”
“It had to be as honest as possible,” says the Rocketman himself, Elton John. “The lows were very low, but the highs were very high. And that’s how I wanted the film to be.”
The cast is led by Taron Egerton (the Kingsman films) as Elton John. Jamie Bell is Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin; Richard Madden plays Elton’s first manager, John Reid; and Bryce Dallas Howard is Elton’s mother, Sheila Farebrother. Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, and David Reid served as producers, and Sir Elton John, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Michael Gracey, Claudia Schiffer, and Brian Oliver executive produced.
Paramount Pictures will release Rocketman in theaters on May 31, 2019.
Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.