Hoping to recreate some of the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Paramount has just released a featurette on the forthcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman. It also provides the first listen of star Taron Egerton recreating John’s vocals.
The film hits the big screen May 31 and stars Egerton (who actually appeared alongside John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Jamie Bell as lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (who picked up the slack on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer got sacked), the film will recount John’s rise to fame as one of the world’s most successful singer-songwriters as he deals with drug addiction and concealing his sexual orientation.
The new featurette offers a few new looks at Egerton in character, donning wigs and false teeth, and samples audio of Egerton singing some of John’s most iconic songs like “Tiny Dancer.” “The great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretation of his songs,” says producer Giles Martin. He adds that Elton said “I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.”
We’re not sure that’s true, but after seeing the featurette, we’re willing to reserve our judgment until May. For now, we just look forward to seeing the film.