The upcoming officially sanctioned Elton John biopic, Rocketman, will be released on May 17th, 2019, according to NME. The film has had a long gestation period, having first been announced back in 2011 with Billy Elliot author Lee Hall set to write the screenplay. Since then, Tom Hardy has backed out of playing Elton due to not being able to carry the vocal parts needed for musically based film. Eddie The Eagle actor Taron Egerton will now step into the lead role.
Director Dexter Fletcher shed light on the movie, saying, “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. 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.”
Elton John, who first started recording in the 1960’s, is truly a rock legend who can say they have “been there — done that” to the extreme: “Rock n’ roll has given me an incredible life. What I did along the way, I was going, y’know, ‘Well, if there’s drugs, I’m gonna do them. I’m gonna play the whole game.’ And that’s a dangerous game to play because you might not come put the other side — and very nearly didn’t. I think that’s one of my personality traits; I’m a complete addict in anything I do. I do things in excess to everything — and I admit that. I would love to be a minimalist. And I look in magazines and I see minimalist homes and I say, ‘Oh, this is so great. This is aesthetically so beautiful’ — but I just can’t” (laughs)
Elton John’s next North American show is set for September 8th at Allentown, Pennsylvania’s PPL Center.
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