thewrap.com – Paramount Pictures has dated Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman” for May 17, 2019.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film got a finance and distribution deal last month. Egerton portrays John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.
Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.
Taron Egerton will star as in Elton John in “Rocketman,” the biopic about the famed singer, with Paramount Pictures nearing a deal to finance and distribute worldwide.
Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Bryan Singer to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is attached to helm the project.
The film, written by Lee Hall, will include 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. John broke out with the 1973 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which topped the charts for two months in the U.S. and U.K.
Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will produce, along with John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish.
The deal was put together by Wyck Godfrey, president of Paramount Motion Pictures Group. Production is set to start this summer.