Elton John movie Rocketman: all you need to know so far

11 September 2018, 15:56 | Updated: 11 September 2018, 16:31

Sir Elton John has done it all, but there has never been a movie about him. Until now!

Rocketman will tell the story of Sir Elton John's life and career, using his music as the backdrop.

But who will star in the film and when is it out? Here's all you need to know...

Who will play Elton John in Rocketman?

Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle actor Taron Egerton will portray Sir Elton in the movie.

Elton said that he was "blown away" by Taron's singing voice. The British actor has already re-recorded some of his material.

Taron Egerton

According to the movie's producer and Elton's husband David Furnish, Elton was amazed by Taron's take on his songs when he heard three tracks recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

"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."

Taron has already covered an Elton classic in the past, when he sang 'I'm Still Standing' for the 2016 animated movie Sing.

Rocketman release date: When is it coming out?

Paramount Pictures has confirmed that the film will be released on May 31, 2019.

The project was given the official greenlight in April 2018.

David Furnish and Sir Elton John

Who else will star in Rocketman?

So far, the only other cast member to be announced is who will play Elton John's longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell will play a young Bernie, 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.

Jamie Bell

Rocketman photos - are there any pictures from the set?

In September 2018, a few photos from the set showed Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell as Elton and Bernie Taupin, respectively (courtesy of Splash News):

Elton John biopic

Who will direct Rocketman?

Paramount's top choice to direct Rocketman is Dexter Fletcher, who recently stepped in at the last moment to take over the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn and his crew have already worked with Taron Egerton for the film.

Rocketman plot: What is it about?

The film is written by Lee Hall (the man behind Billy Elliot), and will focus on Elton John’s emergence as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, before transforming into a pop superstar, as well as his partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin.

Taron Egerton has described the film as "the world's first R-rated musical", so we're expecting plenty of Elton classics to feature.

In May 2018, Taron said that the film isn't actually a biopic. "We are making a movie called Rocketman about Elton John's formative years," the Welsh actor told Collider. "Everyone thinks it's a biopic. It isn't.

"It's a fantasy musical so it's actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He's not the only character that sings. It's going to be fun."