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Taron Egerton becomes Elton John in the ‘Rocketman’ trailer

Man, the whole John/Taupin songbook is going to be stuck in your head all afternoon now

 

It’s already been an odd year for Elton John, who is currently busy putting a big-ass bow on his nearly 50-year career with his “Final Curtain,” and it’s bound to get even odder with the release of his biopic, Rocketman later on in May. Taron Egerton, who co-starred with John in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle (that set being where the idea for the biopic was formulated), stars as the rock icon, and you better bet there’s a shitload of sequins involved here. Paramount dropped the first full-length trailer for the project (they released a teaser early on last year), and it’s pretty nice, honestly.

Take a look:


Well, we’re kind of excited for this! Egerton looks like John and is honestly a pretty solid actor (people who have seen Eddie the Eagle in the crowd, please raise your hands) who has fallen on some agent-related hard times in recent months, we’re assuming. The only sore thumb that sticks out to us here, frankly, is the involvement of Dexter Fletcher, the director who finished Bohemian Rhapsody for Bryan Singer once that alleged creep decided not to show up to set. Even though his name’s not all over everything Rhapsody-related, he still bears a responsibility for that movie being so terrible. But we like the look of this more, so we’ll definitely at least go into it with an open mind.

 

Here’s an official synopsis:

“‘Rocketman’ is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ‘Rocketman’ also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.”

Rocketman hits theaters everywhere on May 31.