It was announced over the summer that Kingsman star Taron Egerton will portray Elton John in Rocketman, which is the story of the musician's rise to fame and his struggle with drugs and alcohol in the 1990s. Production isn't set to begin for a few months, but Egerton went into the legendary Abbey Road studios in England to record some of his own versions of John's songs and the musician is reportedly "blown away" by the results. The movie's producer, David Furnish, is also Elton John's husband and he claims that John couldn't be any happier with what he's heard.
Taron Egerton shared the screen with Elton John once before in Kingsman sequel Golden Circle, and now, he'll be putting on the Donald Duck costumes and oversized shoes and sunglasses to play the legendary rock star. It isn't clear which songs of John's that Egerton attempted, but it's more than likely that he did some of the musician's best known hits. However, Egerton has covered an Elton John classic before when he rerecorded the singer's hit "I'm Still Standing" for the 2016 animated movie Sing.
David Furnish was the first to reveal that Taron Egerton had stepped into Abbey Road to record three of Elton John's songs to prepare for Rocketman. And according to Furnish, his husband is in love with the songs, and couldn't be happier. He had this to say.
"When I played the songs for Elton, he was blown away, really blown away. Elton was like, It can't get any better for me."
Elton John has a voice that's pretty hard to imitate from the deep baritone to the high falsetto of a song like "Crocodile Rock." It will be cool to see Taron Egerton doing his own singing for Rocketman.
Ahead of going into London's world-famous Abbey Road studio, Elton John had some advice for Taron Egerton. John told the actor not to do a karaoke version of him and instead told him to do his own thing. That's an even harder spin to put on the job for Egerton, to please Elton John's fans and to please the artist himself. David Furnish explains.
"Elton has told Taron, Don't copy me. Don't think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it. Don't think you have to perform it the way I performed it. I think it's the challenge for the actor to embody the spirit and not get into thinking they have to do an impersonation."
Aside from knowing that Rocketman will cover Elton John's rise to fame and recovery from drugs and alcohol in the 1990s, there isn't much else that is clear about the project. Production is expected to start within the next few months and Taron Egerton has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially when it gets to the 1970s portion of Elton John's career when he's wearing those giant platform shoes. This story was originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter.