Elton John & Taron Egerton - Rocketman (Music from the Motion Picture) Album Wiki
Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen. The film follows John in his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with Taupin. The film is titled after John's 1972 song "Rocket Man."
The film's development initially began in 2001 as it went through studios including Walt Disney Pictures and Focus Features, directors David LaChapelle and Michael Gracey, and actor Tom Hardy. After Hardy and Gracey left the project following creative differences between Focus and John that halted an initial production start in 2014, the project languished until Paramount Pictures took over as distributor in April 2018, where Egerton and Fletcher signed on. Principal photography began in August 2018 and was completed later that year. John served as executive producer, while husband David Furnish produced the film through their Rocket Pictures, alongside Matthew Vaughn's Marv Films.
Rocketman premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2019, and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2019 and in the United States on 31 May 2019. The film has grossed $181 million worldwide against its $40 million budget and received positive reviews from critics, with Egerton's performance, the costume design, and musical numbers receiving general praise. The film was the first major Hollywood production to include a gay male sex scene..