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Release Date
May 16, 2019 (Cannes Film Festival)
May 22, 2019 (United Kingdom)
May 31, 2019 (United States)
121 minutes
Rating R
$40 million
$6.8 million

Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall. It stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard also starring. The film follows John's early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music up to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film gets its title from John's 1972 song of the same name.

An Elton John biopic was announced in January 2012, and went through several directors and actors, including Michael Gracey and Tom Hardy, before Egerton was cast as John in July 2017 and Fletcher signed on as director in April 2018. Principal photography began in August 2018.

Rocketman was released in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2019 and in the United States on 31 May 2019, by Paramount Pictures.


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.



It was announced in January 2012 that Elton John was developing a biopic about himself, and had named Justin Timberlake as his top choice to play him in the film. Lee Hall was set to pen the screenplay. In March 2013, Michael Gracey was hired to direct, with Tom Hardy cast in October to play John and Focus Features acquiring the U.S. distribution rights. Filming was initially planned to start in Autumn 2014.

No further development on the film was announced until July 2017, when it was announced Hardy was no longer involved with the project, and Taron Egerton entered negotiations to replace him. In April 2018, Egerton was officially cast to play the musician in the film. Egerton had previously appeared with John in the 2017 film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Dexter Fletcher, who had replaced Bryan Singer during the production of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, replacing Gracey as director and Paramount Pictures now in possession of distribution rights. It was reported that Egerton would sing the songs in the film himself. In an interview at CinemaCon, Egerton stated the film would be more of a fantasy-musical as opposed to a straightforward biopic. In June, the role of Bernie Taupin was given to Jamie Bell. In July, Richard Madden entered negotiations to play John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard was cast to play John’s mother.

Production commenced on 2 August 2018. Gemma Jones was announced as being cast in the film in October. Also in October 2018, it was announced the film was shooting in London. Filming commenced at Bray Film Studios near Maidenhead, Berkshire.


The film was initially scheduled to be released in the United States on 17 May 2019, but was pushed back to 31 May 2019.

The first teaser trailer was released on 1 October 2018.

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