Taron Egerton Relives Elton John's Rise To Music Legend In First 'Rocketman' Trailer

We've finally got ourselves a teaser trailer for forthcoming Elton John movie Rocketman, which is due to hit cinemas next summer. And, frankly, it looks suitably FABULOUS.

The film's star, Taron Egerton, tweeted before the trailer was dropped to say that he was looking forward to people seeing it - adding: "Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Rocketman is based on the life of Elton John, the famously flamboyant singer, pianist and composer who is one of the best-selling music artists in the entire world.

In the trailer, we see Egerton perform as Elton for the first time - amazingly, we should add - as Richard Madden's voice narrates: "There are moments in a rockstar's life that define who he is. Where there was darkness, there is now you. And it's going to be a wild ride."

Egerton has been quick to explain to press that the film isn't the bio-pic many would expect, and that it's actually a 'fantasy musical' - which sounds pretty epic if you ask me.

Earlier this year he told Collider: "We are making a movie called Rocketman about Elton John's formative years. Everyone thinks it's a biopic. It isn't. It's a fantasy musical so it's actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He's not the only character that sings. It's going to be fun."

Egerton also explained that he's been adamant to do the job properly - and that he'd not only be performing the songs himself, but he'd also be singing them live on set.

He said: "I've recorded some songs. I've been doing singing lessons. The next step is I need to think about choreography and trying to create some semblance of a performance that is at least reminiscent of him."

Egerton added: "I'm going to do it all. I'm going to do it on set as well. We're going to use a variety of techniques but I will always be singing on set. No miming. I'm just not interested in doing it that way."

Tom Hardy had actually originally been in line for the lead role, but later pulled out because he struggled with the prospect of singing.

Hardy told the Sun: "I'm not a singer. I have no idea really. I'm really trying because of Rocketman but it's hard to open my mouth in that way."

He added: "I'm not really drawn towards singing and musicals and that stuff. I did some rap when I was a kid but I'm somebody's dad now so it wouldn't be too cool to crack that out!"

Directed by Dexter Fletcher - who worked with Egerton on 2016's Eddie the Eagle - the film was written by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, and also stars Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. It's due to be released in summer 2019.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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