Sir Elton John appeared on the red carpet at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, where he posed for snaps with Taron Egerton, who is playing him in the biopic of his life.
Elton, 72, and Taron, 29, larked around while dressed in flamboyant suits and glasses at the Rocketman premiere, alongside The Bodyguard star, Richard Madden, 32.
The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years and is produced by both Elton and his husband David Furnish, 56.
Gucci Gang: Elton John, 72, (left) joined an equally flamboyantly dressed Taron Egerton, 29, (right) and Richard Madden, 32, at the Rocketman premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday
Elton wore a sea blue Gucci suit which had the word ‘Rocketman’ embroidered on the pocket. He teamed it with Gucci trainers and of course, a pair of glasses in the exact same hue.
He threw his arms around Taron, who wore an equally stunning suit, which had flecks of the same shade of blue within the pattern.
Richard plays Elton’s manager John Reid in the movie. They first met at a Motown Christmas party, moved in with one another and became lovers.
Their romance ended after five years, but John remained Elton’s manager until 1998.
Richard kept things simple in a grey suit as he posed with Bryce Dallas Howard, who wore a purple midi dress and yellow sunglasses.
Bryce plays Elton’s beloved late mother, Sheila Farebrother and she told Collider last year:’First and foremost, the fact that Elton is involved and his husband, David Furnish, is everything.
Shining star: ‘I know you were always very keen on this idea of a fantasy. That’s what our movie is. It’s a musical fantasy’
‘I loved getting to learn about him, and to immerse myself in his world and his music. It’s a classic musical. It’s so, so fun and transportative and wild. I’m just thrilled to be a part of it. It’s really exciting.’
Elton has previously spoken about how thrilled he is that Taron has decided to take on the role as him.
Speaking on Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio, Elton gushed over Taron’s ‘brilliant’ execution of his much loved tracks.
He said: ‘For those of you who don’t know, in ‘Rocketman’ I don’t sing anything. Taron has recorded, re-recorded, all the songs that are in the movie, and sings them quite brilliantly.’
Elton then asked the Kingsman: The Secret Service star: ‘Did you find it difficult to sing them?’
To which Taron replied: ‘I think I would have found it harder if it wasn’t for the fact that you were so encouraging.
‘I think that was a big part of what was an enabler and facilitated me to feel kind of relaxed enough to do them in the way that we have, and, of course, Giles Martin, who produced them, who is just the most incredible man, who I didn’t know before this process. I know you did. I owe a lot of it to him, I think.’
The I’m Still Standing singer also brought up the recent Freddie Mercury biopic in which Rami Malek portrayed the music legend.
New movie: Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music’s Beats 1 airs Saturday 11 May at 5pm. Rocketman hits UK cinemas on May 22 2019
Stating the difference between the two leading men, he said: ‘It’s not Bohemian Rhapsody where the brilliant Rami Malek, who played Freddie, lip synced.
‘You’re actually doing the whole thing. I can’t congratulate you enough.’
While Taron further highlighted the contrast between the films, adding: ‘Our film is different from Bohemian Rhapsody in the sense that we sing some of yours and Bernie’s songs, not only as performance pieces but as legitimate pieces of musical theatre.
‘I know you were always very keen on this idea of a fantasy. That’s what our movie is. It’s a musical fantasy.’
Meanwhile, Elton pin-pointed the moment he realised that Taron was the right person to portray him.
The star recalled how he knew the Robin Hood star could sing when he heard Taron’s rendition of I’m Still Standing in the 2016 animated film Sing, in which he played gorilla Johnny.
He said: ‘I didn’t get involved in any of it. I just let you go ahead … I knew you could sing because I heard ‘I’m Still Standing,’ which you did in the film ‘Sing’.
‘You’ve redone that in this film, so I think you should do an album of ten different versions of ‘I’m Still Standing.’
Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music’s Beats 1 airs Saturday 11 May at 5pm.
Rocketman hits UK cinemas on May 22 2019.