Taron Egerton and Elton John’s careers have been on a collision course for a bit. The pair worked on Kingsman: The Golden Circle recently, and Egerton even sang a John classic in the Illumination Entertainment film Sing. It made sense when it was announced that the young star would be up to actually play the music legend himself in the biopic known as Rocketman.
However, as we tend to do, us in the media have kind of jumped the gun a bit, already making assumptions that Rocketman will be a biopic. Speaking with Collider, Egerton himself cleared up what kind of film Rocketman would actually be.
“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.”
This makes perfect sense to me — especially given that Dexter Fletcher is the director who will be bringing this one to life. If you don’t know the name of that director, he has a fairly limited filmography as a director (though an extensive one for acting), and his biggest film to date, Eddie the Eagle, is largely an untrue take on true events.
In allowing this movie to be a full-on fantasy, I think you’re playing to Fletcher’s strengths of playing up the emotion and narrative drive, rather than looking to create an accurate biopic.
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