Taron Egerton, the star of the Elton John biopic Rocketman will narrate the audiobook version for John’s forthcoming memoir ME.
The print and audiobook version of John’s highly anticipated autobiography is due out on 15 October, and Sir Elton himself will make an appearance on the 13-hour, unabridged audiobook.
“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable; I have never met anyone like him,” Egerton said in a statement. “I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience. I am honoured to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
Egerton and John formed a close relationship during the making and promotion of Rocketman, with John being Taron’s biggest supporter, as well as the executive producer of the film.
“Having him there as a resource was incredible,” Egerton told ABC News during the film’s promotion. “Because it meant the whole experience for me became intensely personal. The most important thing you do as an actor when people say, ‘how do you prepare’, it’s that regardless of who you’re playing, you fall in love with them because you have to become them. So when I developed this friendship with Elton, that was a very intense feeling.”
The iconic singer-songwriter first announced his “first and only autobiography” back in early March of this year, which will be published by Henry Holt & Co. The book sees John chronicling his early beginnings and his rise to fame in his own words. Never one to mince words, the book will also detail his road to sobriety and his relationship with David Furnish.
“I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person,” shared John in a statement announcing the memoir. “I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs.”
Learn more details about ME on the artist’s official website.