Elton John's so-called bio-pic, Rocketman, has a release date -- May 17th, 2019.
Like Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury - Queen movie that will be open in November, Rocketman has been in development for many years. It was initially announced in 2011. Another similarity to the Queen film -- Rocketman has gone through multiple stars. Tom Hardy originally signed on, but then realized he couldn't sing. Taron Egerton, star of Eddie the Eagle, will play Elton and will sing.
Egerton says, "Everyone thinks it’s a bio-pic. It isn’t. It’s a fantasy musical so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun... I’m going to do it all. I’m going to do it on set as well. We’re going to use a variety of techniques, but I will always be singing on set. No miming. I’m just not interested in doing it that way.”
Filming gets under way in August, and it's being produced by Elton and his partner David Furnish.