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16 May 2019, 09:42
Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton have teamed up for a bombastic new song for the Rocketman soundtrack.
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again' was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and is performed by Elton and Taron for the soundtrack of the upcoming musical fantasy movie Rocketman.
The Motown-style track will play over the end credits of the film, and was co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin.
Listen to the new track below:
It will feature on the main soundtrack album for the film, which sees renowned producer Giles Martin (son of George Martin) reimagining Elton’s classic songs, alongside Taron and other castmember's vocals.
Taron Egerton has already unveiled his version of Elton’s 1972 classic ‘Rocket Man’.
Rocketman tells the story of Elton’s early years in the music industry, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival today (May 16), followed by its European premiere in London on Monday (May 20). The film will then hit cinemas on Wednesday (May 22).
“It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron,” Elton John said of the soundtrack. “I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie [Taupin]’s lyrics and my music — not just acting.
"I left Taron in the hands of Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant. I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process, I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and listening back I’ve been astonished with the results.
"Getting the music right was the most important thing, as the songs in the film are integral to the story.”
Taron added: “The beauty of having Elton involved with the film is that we’ve been able to work with him to see how far we can take these classic songs. Giles Martin has impeccable taste and massive skills to bring the songs to a place where they are faithful and daring as well.”
Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell will play a young Bernie Taupin, Sir Elton John's songwriting partner, who has a chance meeting with Elton in the late 1960s after they both applied for (and were rejected) a job at a record company.
Meanwhile, Bodyguard star Richard Madden has signed up to play Sir Elton's first manager and former lover John Reid, while Bryce Dallas Howard will play Elton's mother Sheila Eileen.