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Elton John biopic Rocketman set for greenlight at Paramount Pictures; Taron Egerton to play John

Paramount Pictures are nearing completion on a deal to finance and distribute the Elton John biopic, Rocketman.

Dexter Fletcher will take the helm on the biopic on one of the music world’s most iconic artists. Fletcher will also reunite with his Eddie the Eagle star, Taron Egerton who is set to play the Rocketman himself. To make the film that little more authentic, Egerton will perform Elton’s songs himself after wowing sources with his almost identical vocal talents.

The film covers the singer/pianist’s growth from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin.

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The film is certainly set to be a family affair with both Fletcher and Egerton reuniting with Kingsman’s
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Kingsman Star Taron Egerton is Set to Play Elton John in The Biopic Rocketman

Taron Egerton, who is best known for his role in the Kingsman franchise, is set to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman. The movie is set up at Paramount Pictures with Matthew Vaughn producing, and Dexter Fletcher is set to direct it. He recently replaced Bryan Singer as the director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to Variety, the movie has also been described as, "a biographical musical fantasy that will weave together John’s life and his music... it follows his life story from a child piano prodigy (who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music) to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era."

Tom Hardy was originally set to star, but
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Elton John Biopic Rocketman Is Officially Happening at Paramount

Elton John Biopic Rocketman Is Officially Happening at Paramount
It's now official, Taron Egerton will play Elton John in the upcoming biopic entitled Rocketman. Paramount announced today that they have officially green-lit the project, which will be directed by Dexter Fletcher from a screenplay written by Lee Hall. The biopic is said to be an "unvarnished" look at the life and career of the Elton John, which will show him as a young piano prodigy all the way to superstardom and overcoming addiction later in life. Rocketman has Elton John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish producing the film along with Matthew Vaughn.

The Kingsman actor Taron Egerton has not been shy about his desire to play Elton John in Rocketman. The actor went into Abbey Road Studios in England earlier this year to record some vocals on some of Elton John's biggest songs and the results reportedly shocked everybody involved in the project. Egerton was given strict
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Taron Egerton Playing Elton John in ‘Rocketman’, and Other Biopic News

Taron Egerton Playing Elton John in ‘Rocketman’, and Other Biopic News
Rocketman, a long-in-the-works biopic about superstar musician Elton John, has finally found its star: Taron Egerton, who worked with John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Read more about this below, along with news about a few other biopics brewing in Hollywood, including Damien Chazelle‘s Neil Armstrong movie, a film about Shia Labeouf‘s childhood, and more. […]

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Kingsman's Taron Egerton to star as Elton John in Rocketman

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It appears that Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Taron Egerton has a song in his heart that he's eager to sing, because Deadline has just announced that Paramount Pictures is closing a deal that has Egerton in-line to star in Rocketman, a film based on the iconic life of musical legend Elton John. According to the report, Paramount will finance and distribute the project worldwide,... Read More...
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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Gets Greenlight at Paramount

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Paramount Pictures is closing a deal to finance and distribute the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” in which Taron Egerton is set to play the iconic singer.

Dexter Fletcher is directing Egerton as he portrays John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

In 2012, John had said he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him. Then, Tom Hardy’s name was being floated by producers on the film.

See Video: Elton John Walks Offstage, Goes Off on Unruly Fans: 'You F--ed It Up'

Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.

The British actor has worked with both Vaughn and John in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” and Egerton also starred in the Vaughn-directed “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Fletcher and Egerton have also collaborated before on “Eddie the Eagle,” which Fletcher directed and Egerton starred in. Vaughn produced.

See Video: Elton John Gets Struck in the Face by Mardi Gras Beads During Vegas Performance

Fletcher also recently took over as the director of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer stepped down.

John and Furnish are represented by UTA, while Egerton is represented by CAA and United Agents. Fletcher and Vaughn are represented by Wme.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Nabbed by Paramount

Paramount has picked up the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Kingsman actor Taron Egerton will star as the famed singer-songwriter, from his days at the Royal Academy of Music to his rise on the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1970s and '80s and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the '90s to international superstardom.

Dexter Fletcher, who worked with Egerton on Eddie the Eagle, is set to helm the pic.

David Furnish and John will produce under their Rocket Pictures banner, along with Matthew Vaughn, who directed John (playing a heightened version of himself) in the Kingsman sequel, and...
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Paramount Greenlighting ‘Rocketman’; Taron Egerton To Sing Elton John’s Songs

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is closing a deal to finance and distribute worldwide Rocketman, a picture package that has Dexter Fletcher directing Taron Egerton in the role of Elton John, through the course of a most iconic life. The film covers the singer/pianist’s growth from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. It is an unvarnished rock…
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Elton John Biopic Rocketman Green-Lit By Paramount

Paramount has green-lit the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as the iconic singer-songwriter. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, the artist known as Elton John has sold over 300 million albums in a career spanning six decades. Working in collaboration with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin, John has scored more than fifty Top 40 hits, including the Princess Diana tribute song Candle in the Wind 1997 (a reworking of his prior Marilyn Monroe tribute song Candle in the Wind), which became the biggest-selling single in U.S. and U.K. history with over 33 million copies sold.
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Taron Egerton's Singing Voice Blows Away Elton John in Rocketman

Taron Egerton's Singing Voice Blows Away Elton John in Rocketman
It was announced over the summer that Kingsman star Taron Egerton will portray Elton John in Rocketman, which is the story of the musician's rise to fame and his struggle with drugs and alcohol in the 1990s. Production isn't set to begin for a few months, but Egerton went into the legendary Abbey Road studios in England to record some of his own versions of John's songs and the musician is reportedly "blown away" by the results. The movie's producer, David Furnish, is also Elton John's husband and he claims that John couldn't be any happier with what he's heard.

Taron Egerton shared the screen with Elton John once before in Kingsman sequel Golden Circle, and now, he'll be putting on the Donald Duck costumes and oversized shoes and sunglasses to play the legendary rock star. It isn't clear which songs of John's that Egerton attempted, but it's more than
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Elton John Gives Biopic Star Taron Egerton Advice on How to Sing Like Elton

Elton John Gives Biopic Star Taron Egerton Advice on How to Sing Like Elton
Cameras don’t start rolling for a few months on the Elton John biopic Rocketman starring Taron Egerton, but the Kingsman actor already has been laying down tracks for the movie.

John’s husband, producer David Furnish, tells The Hollywood Reporter he was with Egerton when he recorded three songs recently at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. “When I played the songs for Elton, he was blown away, really blown away,” Furnish says as he shows THR a photo on his phone of Egerton in the studio wearing a vintage Elton John concert T-shirt. “Elton was like, ‘It can’t get any better...
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Bryan Singer’s Replacement Found For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

It’s funny how things work. In the early days of development on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Dexter Fletcher was among the directors — which included David Fincher, Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper — who were eyeballed to helm the movie. As you know, he didn’t land the gig and went on to direct other projects including “Eddie The Eagle,” while lining up possible musical biopics including “Sunny Afternoon” about The Kinks, and “Rocketman” about Elton John.

Continue reading Bryan Singer’s Replacement Found For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at The Playlist.
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From Trump Calling ‘Deplorable’ His ‘Lucky Word’ to Nonexistent Nambia: All the Times Potus Caused a Stir at the U.N.

From Trump Calling ‘Deplorable’ His ‘Lucky Word’ to Nonexistent Nambia: All the Times Potus Caused a Stir at the U.N.
The word “deplorable” is back in the news after a surprising exchange between President Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, at the U.N. on Thursday.

While discussing the rising tensions between his country and North Korea, Moon said, with the help of a translator, that “North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable.”

In response, Trump quipped that he was “very happy you used the word deplorable. I was very interested in that word.

“I promise I did not tell him to use that word,” he added to laughs from Vice President Mike Pence
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Is Taron Egerton Playing Elton John In Rocketman?

Taron Egerton’s star is on the ascendant right now. He broke out as scally turned secret agent Eggsy Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s surprise smash-hit Kingsman and is soon to reprise the role in the hotly anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Now, we’re hearing that he might be lined up for an altogether more tuneful role as Reggie Dwight, aka Elton John in the long rumoured biopic, Rocketman.

The report comes from The Daily Mail, so don’t so much take it with a pinch of salt than with a double fistful, but they’re saying he’s the frontrunner for the part, with the script written by Lee Hall and Dexter Fletcher directing. The project depicts Elton John’s early career after he won a piano scholarship, met longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and released some seriously toe-tapping pop.

Once confirmed for Tom Hardy, Egerton also looks
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Taron Egerton wanted for Elton John biopic Rocketman

According to The Daily Mail, Taron Egerton could be set to take on the role of Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic of the legendary musician which would reunite the Kingsman star with Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn.

Egerton – who will next be seen in Vaughn’s spy comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle – is said to have held informal talks with Fletcher and Vaughn after Tom Hardy exited the project.

Rocketman has been in development for several years now, but was put on the fast track following conversations between Vaughn and Elton John on the set of the Kingsman sequel, in which the singer has an extended cameo.

According to the report, the film will explore the entertainer’s life in and out of the spotlight and “ants to examine how he has become one of the best singer-composers of all time and how
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Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’

Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’
Musical biopics are notoriously difficult to make, usually because it involves getting tangled web of parties — the artist’s estate, music rights holders, and more — to all get on the same creative page. However, Elton John is clearing up any such potential dust-ups by producing his own biopic “Rocketman.” That said, locking down a leading man isn’t always easy, and the film has made a switcheroo.

A few years back, Tom Hardy was the eye-brow raising choice to play Elton John, but he’s now been replaced by “Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Taron Egerton.

Continue reading Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ at The Playlist.
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Elton John and YouTube Launch Global Search to Find New Music Video Directors

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Elton John and YouTube Launch Global Search to Find New Music Video Directors
Next year, singer Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership. In honor of the occasion, John has teamed up with YouTube for a worldwide search titled “Elton John: The Cut” to find filmmakers to make music videos for three of his hit songs — “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets.” Watch an announcement video featuring John and Taupin below.

Read More: Producers Want Tom Hardy To Play Elton John In Biopic ‘Rocketman

The competition for each song will focus on different artistic elements: submissions for “Rocket Man” will feature animation; “Tiny Dancer” will be live-action; and “Bennie and the Jets” will feature choreography. John, Taupin and a panel of judges will select three winners, all of whom will also receive $10,000 to support future creative projects. The winning entries are slated to premiere on YouTube in the summer of
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Lionsgate developing live-action Naruto movie

According to The Tracking Board, Lionsgate is set to adapt the popular manga Naturo into a live-action feature, with Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to produce and up-and-coming filmmaker Michael Gracey lined up to direct.

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is the third-highest selling manga in history with over 200 million copies in print, and has spawned a hugely successful anime, as well as a series of animated movies – the eleventh of which Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set for release later this year [watch the trailer here].

Naruto will become the latest high-profile project for Gracey, who has moved from visual effects work into directing and is currently attached to a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man and musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.
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Naruto Movie Gathering Steam At Lionsgate

Lionsgate has been trying to mount a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Naruto for a long while, and that project is making some major advances today with word that up-and-coming helmer Michael Gracey is being tapped to direct by the studio.

The project is still expected to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja-in-training who hopes to one day become the Hokage, known as the most powerful ninja of his hometown village.

The Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto has become massively popular around the world, emerging as the third highest-selling manga in history. It has already been adapted multiple times, including as an anime series and in eleven animated features.

The Tracking Board first reported Gracey’s involvement, stating that the pic is a priority for Lionsgate as other manga series adaptations like Death Note (over at Warner Bros., with The Guest‘s
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