Technically, it’s been a good year for big budget rock and roll biopics: despite the stain of Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody was arguably the biggest movie of awards season and still stands to win several top honors at this weekend’s Academy Awards. With the Rami Malek press tour on its last leg, it’s time to look forward to the next film about a queer musical icon, and that film is Elton John biopic Rocketman.
Taron Egerton will play the rock legend in the upcoming film, which seems to blend together fantasy and reality — or maybe that’s just its 70’s setting (quaaludes, man). In a new clip, we get our first look at Egerton singing John’s iconic anthem, “Tiny Dancer” as the film’s director and music producer speak about the choice to have Egerton re-record John’s classic hits.
“Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,’” says music producer Giles Martin, who adds that John wanted the film’s music to be an interpretation of his catalogue.
In the clip, we also get a first look at John’s first meeting with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as John’s manager and lover John Reid. This film is really a “who’s who” of hot British actors playing gay. But will the film actually be queer? We’re looking at you, Bohemian Rhapsody.
In November, Egerton seemed to suggest that he was gay in an Instagram post, but later backpedaled. He told Radio Times (via Metro), “One of the lads was at my London flat and I Instagrammed a picture of him and said ‘Look at this cutie’, and a million outlets reported I was coming out as gay...I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are.”