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Duet: Elton John and Taron Egerton Perform Together

For 27 years, Elton John has hosted an Academy Awards viewing party* to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year, the party and auction brought in 6.3 million dollars.

This happened last night’s party:

So yet more proof that Taron Egerton, better known for his acting than for his singing, can really deliver the goods in the upcoming film, Rocketman.

I see, btw, that Rocketman is being described as “an epic musical fantasy” rather than a musical biography. I also see, btw, that the 92nd Academy Awards show will take place on 9 Feb 2020. Save the date.

The movie will be released on 24 May 2019 in the UK and on 31 May 2019 in the US.


*A gay man hosting an Oscars party! Who’da thunk it?

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Rocketman — Official Trailer

Here’s the official trailer for Rocketman, the new Elton John bio.

The movie is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who was called in to finish directing the hugely successful (and hugely mediocre) Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired.*

Taron Egerton plays Elton John, and if the teaser below is any indication, he absolutely nails the look and the sound. Rocketman has the potential to give him a Rami Malek-level breakout.

A couple of It’s-a-Small-World-after-All notes about the casting, and I’m so sorry if you now have that awful song rattling around in your brain, but not really.

Bernie Taupin is played by Jamie Bell—looking mighty fine here, with his 1970s long hair—whose original claim to fame was that he played the title character in the movie Billy Elliot, which was later brought to the stage as a musical by…Elton John.

John Reid, who you may remember was The Bad Guy in Bohemian Rhapsody shows up again in Rocketman. Reid, John’s early lover and long-time manager, also managed Queen from 1975 to 1978.

Same person, different actor. In Bohemian Rhapsody he was played by Aidan Gillen, best known for his role in Game of Thrones. In Rocketman he’s played by Richard Madden, best known for his role in Game of Thrones.

Reid also managed Irish dancer Michael Flatley. I look forward to the soon-to-be-announced filming of Riverdance, in which Reid will be played by either Peter Dinklage or Lena Headey.

I never got around to posting the original teaser from lat October, so here it is now:

Rocketman will be released on 24 May 2019 in the UK** and on 31 May 2019 in the US.


Bonus Track

Blackadder (and Mr Bean) himself, aka Rowan Atkinson, Interviews Elton John


*I’m biased here. I’ve always detested Queen’s dumb, ugly product.

**Assuming the UK still exists on 24 May 2019.