The very first trailer for Rocketman, the musical based on the life of Elton John, has touched down, as Taron Egerton takes centre stage.
Taron, who starred alongside Sir Elton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, plays the award-winning popstar in what the first-look clip bills as “a true fantasy”.
Rocketman‘s first trailer shows off some of Elton’s spectacular outfits and performances during his rise to global superstardom in the early 1970s.
There’s some pretty hard partying in there too – but alongside that, we also see some of the harsh realities that come with it, as Elton is rushed to hospital in one scene.
The trailer was previously teased by Paramount Pictures on Twitter, who wrote: “An epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story. Take a first look at @TaronEgerton as Sir @eltonofficial in #Rocketman, coming soon.”
Taron also retweeted the announcement and added: “Can’t wait for you all to see the trailer Monday. Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am.”
Until now, all we’d seen were a few photos of Taron in full costume as Elton, and it’s a pretty convincing transformation for the actor.
We’ve also had the news that Rocketman is actually not a biopic! As Taron explained: “We are making a movie called Rocketman about Elton John’s formative years. 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.”
We’re not sure what “fantasy musical” means, but it sounds pretty fitting for the flamboyant life of Elton.
Back in March, Elton’s husband (and the movie’s producer) David Furnish revealed that the singer had been “blown away” by Taron’s performance. “When I played the songs for Elton, he was blown away, really blown away. Elton was like, ‘It can’t get any better for me’,” Furnish 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.”
Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard, and will be released on May 31, 2019.