Rocketman (film)

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Directed by Dexter Fletcher
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Adam Bohling
David Furnish
Elton John
David Reid
Matthew Vaughn
Screenplay by Lee Hall
Starring Taron Egerton
Jamie Bell
Richard Madden
Bryce Dallas Howard
Music by Matthew Margeson
Cinematography George Richmond
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
May 31, 2019
Country United Kingdom

Rocketman is an upcoming biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John, directed by Dexter Fletcher, from a screenplay by Lee Hall. It stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

It is scheduled to be released on May 31, 2019, by Paramount Pictures.


A fantastical telling of the life of Elton John.



It was announced in January 2012 that Elton John was developing a biopic about himself, and had named Justin Timberlake as his top choice to play him in the film. Lee Hall was set to pen the screenplay.[1]

In March 2013, Michael Gracey was hired to direct, with Tom Hardy cast in October to play John and Focus Features acquiring the U.S. distribution rights. An Autumn 2014 filming start was initially planned.[2][3]

No further development on the film was announced until July 2017, when it was announced Hardy was no longer involved with the project, and Taron Egerton entered negotiations to replace him.[4] In April 2018, Egerton was officially cast to play the musician in the film, with Dexter Fletcher replacing Gracey as director and Paramount Pictures now in possession of distribution rights. Filming is set to begin in the summer of 2018. Egerton will also be singing the songs in the film himself.[5] In an interview at CinemaCon, Egerton stated the film would play off as more of a fantasy-musical as opposed to a straightforward biopic.[6] The film received a release date of May 17, 2019, with filming set to begin in August 2018.[7] In June, the role of Bernie Taupin was given to Jamie Bell.[8] In July, Richard Madden entered negotiations to play John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard was cast to play John’s mother.[9][10]

Production commenced on August 2, 2018.[11]


The film was initially set to release May 17, 2019, but was pushed back to May 31, 2019.[12]


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