New photos of Taron Egerton as legendary singer Elton John for the upcoming bio “Rocketman” were released today by Paramount Pictures.
The film, scheduled to open May 31, follows John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, played by British actor Jamie Bell.
John, 71, and who identifies as gay, has sold more than 33 million albums worldwide and has had seven consecutive No. 1 hits in the United States. Among his catalog of smash singles: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
“Rocketman” takes its name from John’s hit single of the same name that appeared on his 1972 album “Honky Château.” The song hit No. 6 in the United States.
In the photos, Egerton, 29, (“Kingsman,” “Robin Hood”) bares a striking resemblance to John, who’s known for his fabulous sunglasses and wild costumes.
John, 71, shared a photo on Instagram of Egerton in costume with the caption, “Hold on to your glasses, this is going to be a wild ride!! Here’s Taron Egerton (portraying me!) on the set of the #Rocketmanmovie.”
John, who had a cameo in 2017’s “The Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” also appeared in some scenes with Egerton.
In “Rocketman,” Richard Madden (BBC’s “The Bodyguard”) portrays John Reid, John’s manager from 1970 to 1998. John was Madden’s first client. They also were lovers for five years. Reid also managed the British rock band Queen from 1975 to 1978.
Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help,” “Jurassic World”) portrays John’s mother, Sheila Eileen.
Dexter Fletcher is the film’s director. Fletcher also helmed the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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