Elton John, ‘Rocketman’ Star, Taron Egerton, Perform: Watch

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“Based on a true fantasy”

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman. The film, with the new tagline, “based on a true fantasy,” will be released on May 31, 2019, while its subject is in the midst of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Rocketman stars 29-year-old actor Taron Egerton as the classic rock star.

The studio describes the film as the “uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.”

On February 24, 2019, Egerton joined Elton John at the star’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party.

Following a preview of the trailer, the audience was taken by surprise when Egerton suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” Elton John joined from the audience to accompany him on the piano.

Watch their surprise collaboration on “Tiny Dancer” at the event

The updated trailer, with many new scenes, comes two days after the studio released a behind-the-scenes clip on Feb. 19 that includes interviews with Egerton as well as Beatles reissues producer, Giles Martin, who serves as the film’s musical director. (Martin’s father, Sir George Martin, produced John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″ tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.)

In a somewhat surprising move, the actor does the actual singing of John’s iconic songs.

“Elton said ‘I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron’,” says Martin in the clip.

Watch the behind-the-scenes clip, released February 19

The Welsh actor is known for his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in the 2014 film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and its 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, as well as 2016’s Eddie the Eagle and 2018’s Robin Hood.

Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as lyricist Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden as John’s manager John Reid.

Watch the new trailer, released February 21

John’s tour began September 8, 2018, in Allentown, Penn., and its first leg ran through mid-December in North America. (Read our recap of opening night here.)

A list of Farewell Yellow Brick Road dates is here. Tickets are available here and here)

The concerts feature 24 songs of the performer’s classic rock hits including such favorites as “Your Song,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Burn Down the Mission.” One highlight has been a rollicking version of “Levon.”

Watchh the original teaser trailer for Rocketman

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  1. Buckey
    #1 Buckey 20 February, 2019, 16:19

    I’m looking forward to seeing this film, if not in theaters, then at home. Reg has written some great music and a very fine voice. Bernie has written some excellent lyrics, as time has proven. I only regret that I didn’t go see Elton 20 years ago when he played just down the street from where I was living, and the prices were right as well!

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