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 likely be unveiled Thursday in a gala global premiere at Cannes Movie Competition.

“Kingsman: The Secret Carrier” celebrity 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 earlier than setting out to the South of France, Egerton informed USA TODAY it was once “daunting” to wait his first Cannes, the place the movie will likely be proven off as he sits subsequent to the singer (a manufacturer on the mission), John’s husband David Furnish and Taupin.

“This movie has been so secure and saved beneath wraps. Clearly, I’m more than happy with it. However you’ll by no means expect how other folks 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 rather a pleasing jumping-off level.”

“There’s no longer an ideal deal I’d alternate,” he added, calling the movie “courageous.”

“Rocketman” will likely be in theaters Might 31.

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Parts of the live performance photos appearing Egerton decked in outlandish level apparel have already turn out to be common. The Welsh actor, who sang John’s track “I am Nonetheless Status” within the 2016 animated musical “Sing,” carried out all of the “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 rather reached the dazzling heights of Elton’s ordinary level efficiency,” says Egerton. “However I am hoping it’s evocative of him. And I’ve cherished the problem of all of it. It is been essentially the most challenging activity in my occupation, and the least challenging, since I have skipped into paintings each day.”

He isn’t having a look to check the giddy $903 million international field workplace and awards luck of final 12 months’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” – even supposing John continues to drag in crowds for his reside display, nonetheless traveling the arena for lovers at 72. 

“To suppose that we’re going to make a thousand million greenbacks (in field workplace) might not be a wholesome method of having a look at issues. So we must alter our expectancies,” says Egerton. “However ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ presentations there’s an urge for food for this kind of film.”


Taron Egerton lives massive as Elton John within the musical “Rocketman,” due out Might 31.

Apart from stylistic variations with the anthem rock-filled Queen movie, “Rocketman” is R-rated, which robotically limits the target market. The movie offers with John’s struggles with alcohol, eventual rehab and stormy non-public members of the family (in conjunction with a steamy intercourse scene with Madden’s Reid). 

“The movie is celebratory and joyous,” Egerton says. “However it’s a film about anyone 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 beautiful little bit of symmetry,” says Egerton.


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