Paramount Pictures are nearing completion on a deal to finance and distribute the Elton John biopic, Rocketman.
Dexter Fletcher will take the helm on the biopic on one of the music world’s most iconic artists. Fletcher will also reunite with his Eddie the Eagle star, Taron Egerton who is set to play the Rocketman himself. To make the film that little more authentic, Egerton will perform Elton’s songs himself after wowing sources with his almost identical vocal talents.
The film covers the singer/pianist’s growth from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin.
The film is certainly set to be a family affair with both Fletcher and Egerton reuniting with Kingsman’s Matthew Vaughn as he will produce for Marv Films, Elton John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish will also serve as producers.
The film is due to start production in August 2018.
Fletcher has previously worked with Vaughn on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake. He also provides the voice of Gargoyle Reggie in the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes, another production from Elton and his partner David Furnish. Fletcher has also replaced Bryan Singer at the helm of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Egerton was last seen in Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle, He also has the biographical drama, Billionaire Boys Club alongside Emma Roberts and will star in Robin Hood as the man that stole from the rich to give to the poor opposite Ben Mendelsohn and Jamie Dornan.