Variety.com -Elton John biopic “Rocketman” has been set for a May 16 world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Taron Egerton stars as John with Paramount Pictures distributing worldwide. It’s directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously took the reins on Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after director Bryan Singer was fired.
The film, written by Lee Hall, covers 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 in 1972 with the album “Honky Chateau” and scored a blockbuster 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 produced, along with John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish. Adam Bohling and David Reid also produce.
Paramount has a domestic release date of May 31. The studio showed footage to the media and exhibitors at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and a Troubadour Hollywood event.
“We are incredibly honoured and excited to premiere our movieRocketman at the Cannes film festival onMay 16th. This has been a labour of love for all of us and we couldn’t dream of a better launching pad for this very special film,” said Rocket Pictures and Marv Films in a statement.
Comicbook.com – The first two Kingsman movies from Matthew Vaughn and Fox have focused on the adventures of outcast-turned-super spy Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton. However, the upcoming third film in the franchise won’t be following suit, and Egerton will not be involved.
During an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK ahead of his new film, Robin Hood, Egerton was asked about the third Kingsman movie, which was already reported to be a prequel to the first two. The actor quickly confirmed that Eggsy would be sitting this installment out.
While this may be disappointing to the fans of the franchise, Egerton goes on to explain that he isn’t done with the franchise for good. He and Vaughn still continue to talk about the future of Kingsman, and he plans on portraying the character of Eggsy again, it’s just that this new movie tells a different story in the Kingsman universe.
“That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again,” Egerton confirmed. “I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me.”
Egerton finished by saying that Vaughn had told him the plan for the third movie, and that it was a very exciting premise, despite the lack of Eggsy.
“His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting,” Egerton added. “I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”
Early reports regarding the new Kingsman film say that it will take place during World War I and that Ralph Fiennes will take on the lead role. This will likely help explain more about the Kingsman organization itself.
Still, as great as all this sounds, it won’t quite feel the same without Eggsy around. Egerton has exploded onto the scene since the first Kingsman film was released, and he’s nabbed a few major roles as of late. After his turn as Robin Hood later this month, the actor will portray music icon Elton John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.
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.