A new trailer has been unveiled for Rocketman, the forthcoming biopic that plots the early career and breakthrough years of Elton John. As reported, the film, directed by Dexter Fletcher, stars Taron Egerton in the role of the global superstar, with Jamie Bell as his career-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. It’s due in cinemas in the UK on 24 May and in the US a week later.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Elton’s mother in the movie, which has the tag line “based on a true fantasy.” Giles Martin is musical director on the project. Other real-life figures who played key roles in Elton’s formative career and are depicted in Rocketman include his manager John Reid, played by Richard Madden; his first record label boss Dick James of DJM (Stephen Graham); and Doug Weston, the founder of the renowned Los Angeles club the Troubadour, where the singer-songwriter made his US live debut (Tate Donovan).
Egerton and John previously worked together in the 2017 action spy comedy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Elton appeared as himself in the film, which also starred Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and others.
Rocketman is written by Lee Hall, whose working relationship with Elton goes back to the musical stage production of Billy Elliot, written by Hall and with music by the superstar artist. They shared awards for the production from the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle.
Meanwhile, Elton himself continues his final, three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which began in September 2018 and will see him playing more than 300 shows in five continents. Tonight (21) and tomorrow, he and his band perform at the Target Centre in Minneapolis, with shows on this US leg continuing until 18 March. He arrives in Europe, starting with two shows in Vienna, on 1 May. The tour is due to reach its conclusion in 2021.
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