He may not have gotten the part of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but Taron Egerton will be playing a different icon, one of the music world, in the upcoming Rocketman. The actor stars as singer Elton John in the new biopic from Dexter Fletcher. And in addition to the already herculean task of playing a living famous person, Taron Egerton also has to sing. Check him belting it out in the video below:
Who knew Eggsy had pipes like that? Taron Egerton’s rendition of “Tiny Dancer” is incredible, and shows that he is up for the challenge of playing Elton John-- not just from an acting perspective but from a musical one as well. As director Dexter Fletcher says, Taron Egerton will actually be singing in the film so when you hear Elton John’s classic hits, it will be Taron Egerton’s voice you hear.
According to the film’s music producer Giles Martin, Elton John said that he hadn’t heard anyone else sing his songs as well as actor Taron Egerton. That is extremely high praise, considering how many times Elton John’s songs have been covered. Plus Taron Egerton is primarily an actor, so that's saying something. Elton John being happy with Taron Egerton’s performance is the ultimate endorsement. It also sounds like he wants Taron Egerton to put his own spin on the songs.
I especially like that in the video we see part of a scene from the film where Elton John meets Bernie Taupin, the man who wrote most of his songs including “Tiny Dancer.” It’s cool to have that lead into Taron Egerton’s rendition of one of Elton John’s classic songs.
Of course, you can’t talk about music biopics these days without mentioning Bohemian Rhapsody, which has been a phenomenon and has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards. To achieve Freddie Mercury’s legendary vocals in that film they used an amalgamation of Rami Malek’s voice, Freddie Mercury’s and Marc Martel’s. Bohemian Rhapsody is especially relevant because Dexter Fletcher also directed part of that film after Bryan Singer was fired.
Rocketman will be Dexter Fletcher’s film from start to finish and he has a star in Taron Egerton that looks as though he will give a convincing performance, both in front of the camera and behind the microphone.