Paramount Pictures is showing off the first poster from the upcoming music-driven rock fantasy, Rocketman, along with a behind the scenes featurette. The minute and a half video features the film’s star, Taron Egerton, talking about the challenge of taking on the role of a younger Elton John.
“The thing about playing someone who is so beloved, all we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music,” explains Egerton in the just-released video. “Elton’s songs are the defining moments in people’s lives. The songs should all come from a place of character.”
Although challenging, Taron believes making Rocketman has been the greatest joy of his professional life.
Director Dexter Fletcher describes Egerton as an actor of incredible range while music producer Giles Martin reveals that Sir Elton John stated he’s never heard anyone sing his songs better than Taron. “The great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron‘s interpretation of his songs,” said Martin.
“Taron’s actually singing in the film, and he’s so convincing. His voice is incredible,” said director Fletcher.
In addition to Egerton, the cast of the 2019 release includes Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin; Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid; and Bryce Dallas Howard as 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.
Rocketman is set to open 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.”