Watch Taron Egerton sing Elton John’s Tiny Dancer in new Rocketman clip

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

A new video has been released showing Taron Egerton starring as Elton John in upcoming film Rocketman—a biopic about the Candle in the Wind singer.

The latest sneak peak, released by Paramount Pictures on Monday (February 18), shows Welsh actor and singer Egerton recording John’s iconic song, “Tiny Dancer.”

The movie, named after John’s song “Rocket Man,” explores John’s life, from his time as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through to his enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell), and his global stardom.

Watch the video below:

Rocketman biopic stars Taron Egerton as Elton John and follows music legend’s life

It also follows John’s battle with depression, substance abuse, and him coming to terms with his sexuality as a gay man.

As well as acting, Egerton, who previously clarified that he is not gay amid speculation over his sexuality, will perform some of John’s classic films.

“It’s been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film.”

—Taron Egerton

According to music producer Giles Martin in the video, John has expressed approval for Egerton’s portrayal of him in the biopic, saying: “Elton said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.'”

Taron Egerton as Elton John in biopic Rocketman

Taron Egerton was cast as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman in July 2017. (Paramount Pictures UK)

A new poster released for the film also shows Egerton in full swing as the music legend. The poster was shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle.

Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, set for release in May 2019

A teaser trailer for the movie was previously released in October. 

Rocketman is scheduled for release in the UK on May 24, 2019, and in the US on May 31.

Plans for the film were first revealed in January 2012.

Several directors and actors were considered for the movie, including Michael Gracey and Tom Hardy.

Egerton was eventually cast in the lead role in July 2017, while Dexter Fletcher was confirmed as director in April 2018.

Referring to Egerton in the video, Fletcher said: “He’s an actor of incredible range.”

Fletcher replaced Bryan Singer, who faces multiple sexual assault claims, as director of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in the final two weeks of filming. He is uncredited in the film because of the rules of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Egerton previously discussed a sex scene in Rocketman with Bodyguard actor Richard Madden, who plays John’s former lover and music manager John Reid

Rocketman also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother Sheila Eileen, as well as Charlie Rowe and Gemma Jones.