The first photo has been released of “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton as singer Elton John in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” at Paramount Pictures. The photo comes ahead of the film’s first trailer which will launch on Monday.
The story will cover John’s emergence as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to becoming a music superstar and his partnership with songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell).
“Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden co-stars as the music icon’s longtime manager and lover John Reid. The filmmakers aren’t shying away from the darker aspects either, the producers dubbing this the ‘first R-rated musical’ in terms of the way it plans to be completely uncompromising in its portrayal of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle,” “Bohemian Rhapsody”) directs from a script by Lee Hall. John, David Furnish and Matthew Vaughn are producing the film which is released next Summer.
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