Taron Egerton to Play Elton John in Biopic 'Rocketman' at Paramount

24 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Paramount has agreed to fund and distribute "Rocketman", a biopic about British entertainer Elton John, a spokesman for the U.S. studio said on Thursday.

Let's face it: last year's Kingsman: The Golden Circle was mostly unfortunate, an overstuffed-yet-undercooked facsimile of the first Kingsman that never came anywhere near hitting that film's delirious highs.

Dexter Fletcher, who previously directed Egerton in Eddie the Eagle, will helm the biopic, which focuses on John's journey from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music prodigy to global fame, highlighting his extravagant personal life and songwriting collaboration with Bernie Taupin along the way. According to Deadline, it'll peer through the glitter to tell the unvarnished truth.

The film is certainly set to be a family affair with both Fletcher and Egerton reuniting with Kingsman's Matthew Vaughn as he will produce for Marv Films, Elton John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish will also serve as producers.

Taron Egerton has always been linked to the role and has already started re-recording some of Elton John's back catalogue in preparation.

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Egerton, who is best known for his work in the Kingsman franchise, will sing John's tunes himself, having already recording songs at Abbey Road Studios. Get Julianne Moore and Channing Tatum in here somewhere and it'll be a full-blown reunion.

Are you excited to see Sir Elton's life on the big screen?

Stay tuned for more on Rocketman as it becomes available.

The film is due to start production in August 2018.

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