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.
Last night, Taron appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Screencaptures from the show have been added to the gallery. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the whole episode on cbs.com.
Matt Edmondson plays a celebrity edition of his fast-thinking celebrity name game, Initial Reaction. Legendary Radio 1 newsreader, Steffan Powell referees this heated match. Watch how much Hugh and Taron get into it!
Earlier this morning, Taron & Hugh talked to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts about Eddie The Eagle. Check out the interview below as well as pictures & screencaptures from the interview. Enjoy!