Taron Egerton performs Elton John within the biographical movie “Rocketman.” He describes his favourite outfit from the film and his musical inspiration.
Harrison Hill, USA TODAY

The countdown is underway for the Elton John movie “Rocketman,” which will probably be unveiled Thursday in a gala global premiere at Cannes Movie Competition.

“Kingsman: The Secret Provider” megastar Taron Egerton, 29, will step out for the primary time onscreen because the famously flamboyant rocker within the biographical drama directed by means of Dexter Fletcher. “Rocketman” stars Richard Madden (“Recreation of Thrones”) as John Reid, John’s supervisor and one-time lover, and Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, John’s famed songwriting spouse.

Talking prior to setting out to the South of France, Egerton advised USA TODAY it was once “daunting” to wait his first Cannes, the place the movie will probably be proven off as he sits subsequent to the singer (a manufacturer on the challenge), John’s husband David Furnish and Taupin.

“This movie has been so safe and stored below wraps. Clearly, I’m very happy with it. However you’ll by no means are expecting how other people will take to it,” Egerton says. “However something I know is, I’m very at peace with what this is. And I’m very proud it. That’s relatively a pleasant jumping-off level.”

“There’s now not an excellent deal I’d trade,” he added, calling the movie “courageous.”

“Rocketman” will probably be in theaters Would possibly 31.

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Parts of the live performance pictures appearing Egerton decked in outlandish degree apparel have already develop into common. The Welsh actor, who sang John’s music “I am Nonetheless Status” within the 2016 animated musical “Sing,” carried out the entire “Rocketman” vocals and live performance routines.

He is already earned reward for his vocals and showmanship from John, who met Egerton when he shot a cameo for 2017’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

The icon’s adoring public is the following to pass judgement on.

“I don’t know if I’ve relatively reached the dazzling heights of Elton’s ordinary degree efficiency,” says Egerton. “However I’m hoping it’s evocative of him. And I’ve liked the problem of all of it. It is been probably the most tough task in my occupation, and the least tough, since I have skipped into paintings on a daily basis.”

He isn’t having a look to check the giddy $903 million international field place of job and awards good fortune of final 12 months’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” – even supposing John continues to tug in crowds for his are living display, nonetheless traveling the arena for enthusiasts at 72. 

“To suppose that we’re going to make one billion bucks (in field place of job) might not be a wholesome manner of having a look at issues. So we will have to modify our expectancies,” says Egerton. “However ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ presentations there’s an urge for food for this sort of film.”


Taron Egerton lives huge as Elton John within the musical “Rocketman,” due out Would possibly 31.

With the exception of stylistic variations with the anthem rock-filled Queen movie, “Rocketman” is R-rated, which routinely limits the target market. The movie offers with John’s struggles with alcohol, eventual rehab and stormy private family members (along side a steamy intercourse scene with Madden’s Reid). 

“The movie is celebratory and joyous,” Egerton says. “Nevertheless it’s a film about any person going to rehab,” so it has some darkish moments.

Past the high-profile venue, the Cannes liftoff is particularly important, as John is a fixture within the area. Egerton is staying within the famed Carlton Lodge, the place John shot his track video for “I am Nonetheless Status.”

“It is only a pretty little bit of symmetry,” says Egerton.


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