Rocketman is set to manifest as a rousing cinematic reverie, chronicling the rise of the great Elton John to his place as one of the most popular music acts in history, and the enduring legacy he’s still building to this day (his current world tour is said to culminate in a 2021 retirement).
However, the narrative here is the uncanny performance of star Taron Egerton (the Kingsman films, Robin Hood), who not only embodies the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight onscreen, but even sings his own renditions of the artist’s legendary smash songs!
Dexter Fletcher stepped into the director’s chair for Rocketman, serving as a reunion with star Egerton, who he directed, opposite Hugh Jackman, in the 2015 comedy, Eddie the Eagle.
Rocketman Release Date
Rocketman is going to be high as a kite by May 31, when it’s scheduled to hit theaters.
After plenty of preview clips, the first full trailer for Rocketman is here in all its glittery glory.
Here’s the teaser trailer, which arrived back in October…
We already know that Rocketman is going to be a less than conventional biopic – with Egerton telling us the film will be a “musical fantasy” that uses John’s songs to “express important beats in his life at emotional moments” – and the teaser already looks like it has plenty of amazing musical set-pieces built around John’s hits.
We also know that the film won’t be holding back on showing the singer’s dark side either. John is producing the film, alongside husband David Furnish, and Kingsman’s Matthew Vaughn, but reportedly told Fletcher to show him, warts and all.
“This film is going to make people’s jaws hit the ground,” Vaughn told The Hollywood Reporter. “Elton just said, ‘Tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to’. And we do just that, with his blessing. The flaws and the genius are all there.” (Cue the obligatoryBo-Jack Horseman shot of a celebrity looking jaded at the bottom of a swimming pool…). The film has also been through a bit of a rough ride already since John originally wanted Justin Timberlake to play him, before a very different version almost started shooting with Tom Hardy in the lead.
Still, with flashes of Fletcher’s feel-good musical, Sunshine On Leith, some fantastic looking fantasy sequences, Fletcher’s spot-on voice and look, and John’s neck-prickling hits, Rocketman looks like it could be something pretty special… even if it probably won’t include William Shatner’s legendary rendition of its eponymous tune.
Additionally, there’s something contextually poetic about seeing Egerton play the role, since Elton fielded a memorable role – as himself – in the 2017 franchise sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, briefly stepping in for his character, Eggsy, to help Harry Hart (Colin Firth) save the day.