“Kingsman” Hottie Taron Egerton To Play Elton John—And Sing!—In New Biopic

Taron Egerton is set to take the lead in Rocketman, an upcoming film about the life of iconic gay pop star Elton John.

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Dexter Fletcher, who previously directed Egerton in Eddie the Eagle, will helm the biopic, which focuses on John’s journey from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music prodigy to international fame, highlighting his extravagant personal life and songwriting collaboration with Bernie Taupin along the way.

Fletcher has also taken over the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer dropped out.

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There had been earlier reports that both Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake, who played John in the video for “This Train Don’t Stop There, Anymore,” were in the running for the role, but Egerton has been vocal about his desire to portray Sir Elton, with sources claiming his impressive musical chops helped him nab the part.

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The 28-year-old is reportedly singing all of the film’s featured songs himself, and is already working on recording them at Abbey Road Studios. He better be good: John and husband David Furnish are producing the film through their production company, Rocket Pictures.

Though Rocketman has been in the works for a few years, production isn’t expected to begin until August.

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