Biopics are a tried and true genre in filmmaking, and there are no shortage of interesting real-life figures to adapt for the big screen. Last year was a big one for biopics, as the Freddie Mercury musical blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody cleaned up at the box office and accrued countless awards and nominations. But there's already another musical biopic on the way, as Rocketman will bring the gritty and magical world of Elton John's history to the silver screen.
Elton John himself is intimately involved in Rocketman, insisting that the darkness and mistakes in his life are vital to the story. Kingsman favorite Taron Egerton is playing the legendary singer in the biopic, and seems to have formed quit the bond with John throughout the process. And it turns out that Elton John has a penchant for sending Egerton Rocketman reviews to the 29 year-old actor. As he recently revealed:
I try to avoid reviews but Elton sends me them every day. I mean, he’s vetting my reviews. I’m sure there are bad ones that he’s not sending.
Taron Egerton may largely avoid reviews, but you can't ignore then when they're being sent by Elton John himself. Of course, the pop icon likely wasn't bringing the bad ones to the actor's attention. So Egerton should be safe from seeing anything he'd rather avoid.
The news about Elton John's relationship with Rocketman reviews come from Taron Egerton's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! While promoting the upcoming movie musical, Egerton spoke about his relationship to the real-life figure he's portraying. John's partner David Furnish is a producer on the project, so Rocketman should be an intimate look into his life and career. Warts and all.
In addition to portraying Elton John in Rocketman, Taron Egerton will also be belting out select choices from the singer's massive catalogue. It's his voice that seems to have truly captured John's attention, and the two have already done a few duets ahead of the biopics's release. Their bond is strong enough that they have private conversation-- many of which revolving around the early reviews for their collaboration.
Early reception for Rocketman has been pretty positive. The movie has been praised for its over the top cinematography and movie magic, as well as Taron Egerton's performance as Elton John. But official reviews aren't up, so we'll have to wait and see if the critical community agrees.
You can see Taron Egerton's conversation with Jimmy Kimmel below.
When Rocketman is finally released, it will likely be compared quite a bit with Bohemian Rhapsody. In fact, Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher actually stepped in to complete Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer departed the project. Now he's working on another musical biopic, and this time the star is actually singing the songs himself-- unlike Rami Malek's performance as Freddie Mercury.
Rocketman will arrive in theaters on May 31st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.