Paramount to Produce Elton John Biopic ROCKETMAN, Starring Taron Egerton
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has picked up the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Taron Egerton is set to play the superstar.
The package has Kingsman actor Taron Egerton starring as the famed artist, from his days at the Royal Academy of Music to his RISE in the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1970s and '80s and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the '90s to international superstardom. Dexter Fletcher is set to direct.
John and David Furnish will produce under their Rocket Pictures banner, along with Matthew Vaughn, who directed John (playing a heightened version of himself) in the Kingsman sequel, and his Marv Films.
THR spoke with producer David Furnish who said, "Elton has told Taron, 'Don't copy me. Don't think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it. Don't think you have to perform it the way I performed it. I think it's the challenge for the actor to embody the spirit and not get into thinking they have to do an impersonation."
Egerton is best known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke and the 2014 action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. He has also played Edward Brittain in the 2014 drama film Testament of Youth, appeared in the 2015 crime thriller film Legend, starred as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in the 2016 biographical film Eddie the Eagle, voiced Johnny in the 2016 animated musical film Sing, and reprised his role in the 2017 sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. His upcoming films include Billionaire Boys Club and Robin Hood.
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