Rocketman

Rocketman
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

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Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a “typical” day in the life of The Beatles. The band have to avoid the pursuing fans and the press to reach their scheduled television performance – in spite of Paul’s troublemaking grandfather and Ringo’s arrest.

Singing and dancing its way into cinemas across the UK, the BFI Musicals! film season celebrates the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching film musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers on the big screen.

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Sir Elton John slams censorship of Rocketman

1 Jun 2019

Film gossip

Sir Elton John has slammed Russia for censoring his biopic 'Rocketman'. The movie musical features a number of gay sex scenes, including one where Elton loses his virginity to his manager, John Reid, and the 72-year-old openly gay star is horrified…

David Furnish 'terrified' watching Rocketman

31 May 2019

Film gossip

David Furnish was "terrified" watching his husband Sir Elton John's biopic 'Rocketman'. The couple sat down to watch the finished movie together and David – who produced the film, which stars Taron Egerton as Elton – admits it was an "awesome…

Taron Egerton 'privileged' by Rocketman role

24 May 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton feels "incredibly privileged" to play Sir Elton John. The 29-year-old actor plays the music legend in 'Rocketman' and feels an incredible sense of pride at being able to portray the famous singer. He told Digital Spy: "I've left this…

Bryce Dallas Howard kept bra from Rocketman

22 May 2019

Film gossip

Bryce Dallas Howard kept the bra she wore in 'Rocketman'. The 38-year-old actress plays Sir Elton John's mother Sheila Eileen in the biopic about the legendary singer's life and admitted that although she didn't get to keep any of the dresses she…

Richard Madden confessed he couldn't sing after Rocketman casting

21 May 2019

Film gossip

Richard Madden told Dexter Fletcher he couldn't sing after being cast in 'Rocketman'. The 32-year-old actor plays manager John Reid in the Sir Elton John biopic – which stars Taron Egerton as the legendary singer – and the star admitted that when…

Rocketman

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Fantasy replaces fact in this fun biopic of Elton John, from director Dexter Fletcher

Biopics are usually feeble fare if their subject is still living and potentially litigious. Considering Sir Elton John is alive, kicking and executive producer of his own dramatised story, produced by his husband David Furnish, this had plenty of…

Jamie Bell on Rocketman: 'I think Bernie was much more comfortable in his own skin. Elton had a harder time with that'

20 May 2019

BAFTA-winning British actor discusses playing Bernie Taupin in Dexter Fletcher's dazzling Elton John bio

Dressed in black, Jamie Bell is sitting in London's Mandarin Oriental hotel pondering Elton John. He was just eleven when Princess Diana died and the flamboyant British singer re-released 'Candle in the Wind', originally his hymn to Marilyn Monroe. 'I…

Elton John blasts criticism of Taron Egerton

18 May 2019

Film gossip

Sir Elton John has lashed out at criticism over the casting of Taron Egerton in 'Rocketman'. The openly gay music icon – who is married to David Furnish – thinks it is "bulls**t" that straight actor Taron has been blasted for taking on the role of…

Sir Elton John 'moved' by Rocketman biopic

17 May 2019

Film gossip

Sir Elton John was very "moved" by Taron Egerton's portrayal of him in 'Rocketman'. The music legend was in attendance at the screening of the biopic at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (16.05.19) and was so "blown away" by seeing his story told…

Donatella Versace helped Richard Madden prepare for Rocketman role

25 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Richard Madden spoke to Donatella Versace to prepare for his role as John Reid in 'Rocketman'. The 32-year-old actor plays Elton John's manager and one-time lover in the upcoming biopic and admitted he had to "rely on stories" to discover…

Sir Elton John wanted Rocketman to be 'as honest as possible'

24 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Sir Elton John wanted 'Rocketman' to be as "honest as possible" about his life. The music icon insisted that the upcoming biopic be totally accurate and show every candid detail of his life as he admits the "the lows were very low and the highs were…

Taron Egerton: Rocketman is 'explicit'

20 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton has admitted the sex scenes in 'Rocketman' are "pretty explicit". The 29-year-old actor portrays Sir Elton John opposite Richard Madden as his lover and manager John Reid in the upcoming biopic and he insisted it was important to make…

Taron Egerton lived with Sir Elton John to prepare for Rocketman role

19 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton lived with Sir Elton John to research for 'Rocketman'. The 29-year-old actor plays the 'Your Song' hitmaker in the new biopic about his life and he has revealed he ended up living with John to get to know him better. He said: "I…

Taron Egerton's Rocketman fears

7 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton worries 'Rocketman' is "doomed to fail". The 29-year-old actor portrays Sir Elton John in the upcoming biopic and though his only concern was to make a "good film", he knows it will be compared with award-winning Queen movie 'Bohemian…

Taron Egerton brands Rocketman sex scene controversy 'nonsense'

5 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton has dubbed claims that Paramount cut a gay sex scene out of 'Rocketman' as "nonsense". The 29-year-old actor – who plays Sir Elton John in the highly-anticipated musical biopic – has rubbished reports that director Dexter Fletcher axed…

Taron Egerton thinks Rocketman performance will define him

2 Apr 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton thinks 'Rocketman' will be his defining film. The 29-year-old actor plays iconic musician Sir Elton John in the upcoming biopic and revealed he's "anxious" to see what makes it into the final edit of the film because he has given so…

Rocketman will be a 'no holds barred' account of Sir Elton John's life

23 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Director Dexter Fletcher has promised that 'Rocketman' will be "no holds barred". It has been claimed that movie bosses have requested that Dexter cut a 40-second scene from the Sir Elton John biopic in which Taron Egerton as the musician and…

Producers cut nude scene from Rocketman to lower age rating

22 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Producers have cut a nude scene from 'Rocketman' so it will have a lower age rating. Bosses requested that director Dexter Fletcher cut a 40-second scene from the Elton John biopic in which Taron Egerton as the musician and Richard Madden as Elton's…

Taron Egerton wants Elton John to be 'happy' with Rocketman

19 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton just wants to make Sir Elton John "happy" with 'Rocketman'. The 29-year-old actor has transformed into the iconic singer for the biopic about his life and career and the 'Kingsman: Secret Service' actor has confessed that he doesn't…

Keith Lemon has Rocketman cameo

8 Mar 2019

Film gossip

Keith Lemon has a cameo in the Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'. The 45-year-old comedian – whose real name is Leigh Francis – has let slip that he has a small role in the upcoming musical movie starring Taron Egerton as the legendary musician and…

Taron Egerton impressed Sir Elton John with singing in Rocketman

20 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Taron Egerton impressed Sir Elton John with his singing abilities on the set of 'Rocketman'. The 29-year-old actor transformed into the 'Crocodile Rock' singer for the new biopic about his life and Elton was incredibly impressed by Taron's singing…

Sir Elton John is writing track for Rocketman

8 Feb 2019

Music gossip

Sir Elton John is writing a new song for the 'Rocketman' biopic. The 71-year-old legend is penning a fresh track alongside long-time writing partner Bernie Taupin for the upcoming musical drama which follows Elton – played by Taron Egerton – from…

Richard Madden didn't like 'Seventies' hair for Elton John biopic

25 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Richard Madden admits his "Seventies" hair in the Elton John biopic was "not fun to live with". The 32-year-old actor plays the role of John Reid, the superstar's manager and love interest, in musical drama 'Rocketman', which follows Elton, played by…

Taron Egerton and Richard Madden share love scene

24 Nov 2018

Film gossip

Taron Egerton "got quite physical" with Richard Madden in 'Rocketman' for a love scene. The 29-year-old actor portrays Sir Elton John in the upcoming biopic and he shares a sex scene with the 'Bodyguard' star, who plays his manager and lover John…

Bryce Dallas Howard says Sir Elton John biopic is 'wild'

19 Sep 2018

Film gossip

Bryce Dallas Howard says the Sir Elton John biopic is "transportive and wild". The 37-year-old actress jumped at the chance to star in the upcoming movie, and Bryce has revealed that she was particularly excited about the prospect of working with…

Release date pushed back for Sir Elton John's Rocketman

24 Aug 2018

Film gossip

The release date for the Sir Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' has been pushed back. Paramount Pictures has announced the musical movie will now hit cinemas on May 31, 2019, two weeks after its original release date of May 17. Taron Egerton, 28, is…

Bryce Dallas Howard to star in Elton John biopic

27 Jul 2018

Film gossip

Bryce Dallas Howard is to play Sir Elton John's mother in the biopic 'Rocketman'. The 37-year-old actress - who is best known for her starring role in the 'Jurassic Park' franchise - has been cast alongside Taron Egerton, who is playing the musician…

Richard Madden to play Elton John's manager in Rocketman

20 Jul 2018

Film gossip

Richard Madden is set to play Sir Elton John's former manager in 'Rocketman'. The 'Game of Thrones' star is in talks to take on the role of John Reid in the hotly-anticipated movie, which will see Taron Egerton play the legendary singer, according to…

Elton John biopic Rocketman gets release date

24 May 2018

Film gossip

The Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' has been given a release date. Taron Egerton is portraying the legendary British rocker at various stages of his life and five-decade spanning career and now Paramount Pictures has announced the musical movie will…

Taron Egerton reveals Rocketman is a 'fantasy musical'

3 May 2018

Film gossip

Taron Egerton says 'Rocketman' is a "fantasy musical" - not a biopic. The 28-year-old actor is set to play the part of a young Sir Elton John in the long-awaited movie, but Taron has clarified that the Dexter Fletcher-directed film is a musical…

Taron Egerton to play Elton John in Rocketman

20 Apr 2018

Film gossip

Taron Egerton is to star as Sir Elton John in 'Rocketman'. The 28-year-old actor has been linked to the starring role in the biopic for a number of months and, according to Variety, he has clinched a deal that will see him play the part of the…

Taron Egerton records Sir Elton John songs for Rocketman

23 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Taron Egerton has been recording songs to prepare for his role in the Sir Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'. The 28-year-old actor landed the role of the iconic singer-songwriter in the biopic, and he has been inside the famous Abbey Road recording…

Taron Egerton in talks for Elton John role

14 Jul 2017

Film gossip

Taron Egerton is in talks to play Sir Elton John in a movie about the singer's life. The 27-year-old actor has entered into discussions with 'Rocketman' director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn about taking on the high-profile role…

Elton John biopic to be turned into stage show

20 May 2015

Film gossip

Elton John's biopic 'Rocketman' is already being turned into a stage show, despite the film, starring Tom Hardy, not even having been released yet. The film - which will tell the story of the 68-year-old superstar's life and will include classic…

Tom Hardy singing 'all time time' for Elton John role

12 Dec 2013

Film gossip

Tom Hardy is singing "all the time" as he prepares to play Sir Elton John. 'The Dark Knight Rises' actor will portray the legendary musician in new musical biopic, 'Rocketman', and he admits he has been taking extensive singing lessons to get ready…

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in Rocketman

24 Oct 2013

Film gossip

Tom Hardy is set to play Sir Elton John in new biopic, 'Rocketman'. 'The Dark Knight Rises' actor has officially signed on to play the legendary singer in a new film about his life and rise to fame. The biopic - directed by Michael Gracey - will…

Tom Hardy to portray Elton John?

31 May 2013

Film gossip

Tom Hardy is wanted for a Sir Elton John biopic. Director Michael Gracey has taken on the project titled 'Rocketman' and is reportedly keen for the 'Dark Knight Rises' actor to take on the lead role, according to HitFix.com. While Hardy is being…

Michael Gracey to direct Elton John biopic

19 Mar 2013

Film gossip

Michael Gracey will direct a biopic on Sir Elton John. The director has officially signed on to helm 'Rocketman', the upcoming biographical musical film about the 'Candle in the Wind' hitmaker's life. The film will be produced by the iconic…

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