The First Trailer For The Elton John Biopic Promises To Give BoRap A Run For Its Money

By Brad Nash
24 February 2019
Elton John, Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Credit: Paramount
A film that looks to deliver in the areas where the Queen-based biopic fell desperately short

At first glance, it would appear that any musical biopic to hit theatres directly after Bohemian Rhapsody is almost doomed to fail. And given Rami Malek's possibly Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury in BoRap, it would also seem that Taron Egerton, star of upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman, will have an absolute mountain to climb in terms of achieving the same level of acclaim that Malek did.

However, you can also argue that the wildly successful Queen biopic actually did Rocketman a couple of rather substantial favours.

First of all, it whetted the movie-going public's appetite for musical dramas like never before, resulting in a billion-dollar box office performance that exceeded most people's expectation, and will all but guarantee that people will go and see Rocketman.

Secondly, under the direction of Bryan Singer, you could also argue that BoRap set the bar fairly low in terms of making a movie good enough to really do its electric lead proper justice.

Perhaps, then, Rocketman may go on to be another smash hit, and judging by the film's first trailer, it looks as if both Egerton's performance as the flamboyant singer-songwriter, along with the film that surrounds him, might just prove to be as much of a success as the blockbuster that's dominated the film conversation over the last six months.


While it's going to take a monolithic movie to properly capture the breadth and scope of Elton John's near-50-year career, the film seems as if it's going to take a proper look at just how the pop star's rise to fame properly affected him as the toll of constant performing and substance abuse wore him down over the decades.

Even more encouragingly, it seems as if the film is going to go more in-depth into the subjects that BoRap, to use it as a reference point, only really slightly gleamed upon. "The film tells the story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation."

Egerton notably did all the signing for the role, unlike Malek, who's own voice was often overlaid with vocal stems from Mercury himself. His own voice even drew compliments from Elton himself, who said "I don't think I've ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron" — presumably breaking the hearts of a thousand Elton John tribute acts in the process.

Egerton will also be joined by a far stronger cast than Malek was, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard all set to star.

Rocketman will be released on May 31, 2019 in the US.

Via GQ Australia