Kingsman star Taron Egerton has already begun recording songs for the Elton John biopic Rocketman, which is set to begin shooting in a few months’ time.
When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the film, producer (and husband to Elton John) David Furnish said that he was with Egerton at London’s Abbey Road studios while he recorded three of the songs to be featured in the film:
“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.’”
He also explained that the singer had some advice for Egerton about how best to play him:
“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.”
This won’t be the first time the actor has performed an Elton John song in a film, as in 2016’s Sing, the animated hit in which Egerton voiced a teenage gorilla, he sang “I’m Still Standing” in the big concert scene.
Rocketman will following Elton John’s origins, and his career through drug and alcohol addiction, along with his recovery period in the ‘90s. Furnish has referred to his husband’s recovery period as “a real watershed moment in his life, and it’s a great way to focus the storytelling around that.”
With Furnish producing, and Elton John so closely involved, Rocketman is likely to be an open and honest look at the musician’s life, dealing delicately with the raw emotions involved.