EXCLUSIVE: Taron Egerton channels Elton John in this exclusive Rocketman image

Taron Egerton in Rocketman
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Musicals – and not least musical biopics – are a pretty big deal at the movies right now. While you could argue that the musical never really went away, there’s no doubting its popularity right now, following the box-office storming likes of Bohemian Rhapsody (opens in new tab), The Greatest Showman (opens in new tab), A Star Is Born (opens in new tab) and La La Land (opens in new tab).

Next up is Elton John biopic Rocketman. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (who completed work on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer’s exit), and stars Taron Egerton as the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight. Jamie Bell plays his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden is Elton’s manager, John Reid.

Rocketman is set to be structurally daring and is described as a 'true fantasy', incorporating John’s music as it follows his rise to fame while he was battling demons. A new look at the film has been revealed via our sister publication Total Film magazine (opens in new tab), and you can see it below. It features a young Elton at the piano, watched by his mother Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), Ivy (Gemma Jones) and Bell’s Bernie Taupin. Check it out in full below:

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

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As Dexter Fletcher tells Total Film (opens in new tab), Elton John signed off on the project, but remained fairly hands-off throughout. “He’s given us his blessing and said, ‘You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,’” says Fletcher. “We get feedback from him but he’s letting us get on with it.”

The film is produced by Fletcher’s longterm collaborator Matthew Vaughn, who’s also known for directing Kingsman (opens in new tab). Vaughn got involved with the film when a previous iteration fell apart. “I read the script and was just astonished it hadn’t been made,” Vaughn tells TF. “I thought, we should make this.”

Rocketman opens in the UK on May 24, 2019, and in the US on May 31, and you can read more about it in the latest issue of Total Film magazine (opens in new tab), which hits shelves this Friday, April 5. It’s a huge Avengers: Endgame (opens in new tab) special, and features loads more including Toy Story 4, Olivia Wilde and Men In Black International to name a few. Check it out!

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.