Paramount Pictures is kicking up the marketing campaign for this year’s launch of Rocketman. The studio has just released three new photos of Taron Egerton as Elton, with two of the photos showing Egerton at the piano. The third is a gorgeous black and white photo of Egerton in full Elton John mode.
Rocketman is described as an “epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.” The film’s first official teaser trailer had Egerton as Elton John describing his life. “There are moments in a rock star’s life that define who he is. Where there was darkness, there is now you. And it’s going to be a wild ride,” said Egerton in character.
During a March 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Elton John’s husband, producer David Furnish, discussed Elton’s advice to Egerton on stepping into Elton’s shoes. “Elton has told Taron, ‘Don’t copy me. Don’t think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it. Don’t think you have to perform it the way I performed it.’ I think it’s the challenge for the actor to embody the spirit and not get into thinking they have to do an impersonation,” said Furnish.
In addition to Taron Egerton, the cast of the musical fantasy includes Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter films), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). Dexter Fletcher directed the music-driven film and Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, and David Reid produced. Sir Elton John served as an executive producer along with Steve Hamilton Shaw, Michael Gracey, and Claudia Schiffer.
Director Dexter Fletcher is no stranger to major feature films based on the lives of rock stars. Fletcher stepped in to finish up the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after the studio and original director Bryan Singer parted ways following trouble on the set. Fletcher’s credits also include Eddie the Eagle (starring Taron Egerton), Sunshine on Leith, and Wild Bill.
Paramount Pictures is planning to release Rocketman in theaters on May 31, 2019.