Taron Egerton To Play Elton John

By Creative Media Times

The Welsh actor is going from Kingsman to Rocketman as Egerton is set to play Elton John in new biopic, Variety reports. “Rocketman” will be financed by Paramount Pictures with English actor and director Dexter Fletcher attached to direct.

The film will reportedly examine Elton John’s beginnings as a child prodigy, his rise to stardom and his partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin.

Fletcher recently directed Egerton in the 2016 biographical sports comedy-drama “Eddie the Eagle” which co-starred Hugh Jackman. “Rocketman” will be Fletcher’s second consecutive film about a legendary pop musician after replacing Bryan Singer as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Egerton seem like a good fit for the role. He recently lent his voice to Illumination Entertainment’s musical comedy “Sing” (2016), where he sang some of his character’s tunes including Elton John’s own classic hit “I’m Still Standing.” He also performed on the soundtrack of “Eddie the Eagle”.

Egerton will next be seen in this November’s action-adventure “Robin Hood” playing the titular role opposite Jamie Foxx.

As for the film’s subject, Elton John is set to begin his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, a three-year farewell tour that begins this September and will being him around the world.