Taron Egerton’s cover of Rocket Man has been unveiled.
Based on the life of legendary musician Elton John, upcoming film Rocketman (in cinemas 22 May) will focus on the artist’s early years in the music industry, his rise at the Royal Academy of Music, and his struggles with fame and drug abuse.
Kingsman lead Taron Egerton will star as the pop culture icon in the big screen outing, which has been described as a “fantasy musical” rather than a traditional biopic, and will cover a number of Elton’s hits reimagined by producer Giles Martin.
Ahead of the official soundtrack’s release on 24 May, Taron’s performance of the film’s namesake Rocket Man has been unveiled, and it gives us a preview of what the actor’s take on Elton’s life and music will be like.
“It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron. I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie’s lyrics & my music – not just acting,” Elton said in a statement.
“I left Taron in the hands of Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant. I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process, I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and listening back I’ve been astonished with the results.”
The soundtrack will also feature a brand new duet between Elton and Taron called (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.
Watch (and listen to) Taron’s performance of Rocket Man below.
Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture is released 24 May.