Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) is in negotiations to join the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” at Paramount Pictures. He’ll star opposite Taron Egerton who takes on the role of Elton.
Madden would play the music icon’s longtime manager John Reid who also helped with Queen’s rise to fame. Reid managed John from 1970 to 1998, and the two also became lovers, but after five years their romance ended over financial spending issues. The two would continue to work together professionally.
Jamie Bell is also on board to play Bernie Taupin in the film which Dexter Fletcher is attached to direct from a script by Lee Hall. John, David Furnish and Matthew Vaughn will produce.
Madden’s “Thrones” co-star Aidan Gillen will play the role of John Reid in this year’s Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” which Fletcher took over as director after Bryan Singer exited towards the end of production.