For the past few years Elton John and his hubby David Furnish have been working on a musical movie biopic of the singer’s life. Initially they had Ton Hardy on board for the central, but now he’s out and Taron Egerton is in, according to Variety.
John must have been impressed by the young star when they worked together on Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
There’s also been a change in the directors chair, with Dexter Fletcher (who’s just replaced Bryan Singer on the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody) taking over from the previously attached Michael Gracey. It’s previously been reported that Lee Hall’s script will follow Elton John’s journey from 5-year old musical 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. It will also feature some fantastical elements and plenty of the singer’s music, in keeping with John’s larger than life personality. It’ll shoot this summer.