Rocketman, the eagerly awaited Elton John biopic, is set to premiere on May 16th at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety. Rocketman, which was written by Lee Hall and directed by Dexter Fletcher, opens in the U.S. on May 31st. The movie stars Taron Egerton as Elton — with the actor providing his own vocals over the tracks from Elton's original masters.
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard — daughter of Ron Howard — portrays Elton's late mother, Sheila Farebrother. Howard appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and shed light on what fans can expect from Rocketman and her part in it: “Elton was in the process of writing his autobiography and Taron had read it and could really kind of speak to specifics. But more than anything this movie is almost like Moulin Rouge! — how it’s totally fantastical and amazing. It’s more of an emotional journey rather than something that's like a more kind of classic 'and then this plot point and then this plot point.' It was more about the relationship between the two of them in that moment — what was happening — rather then sort of — she walked like this, she wore clothes like that.”
Back on February 6th, 1976 Elton John appeared on the BBC talk show Parkinson and recalled his father's disapproval of him pursuing a life in show business: “He hated me going into pop music. I got. . . Y'know, he wrote me a letter when I was 16 saying, “I think, y'know, you're an idiot and you're better off in Barclays bank, because this thing you're doing is absolutely stupid and you're going to turn out to be a wide boy (a.k.a. a wheeler-dealer)' — Well, I was already about 16 stone (224 lbs), so I was a 'wide boy,' already (laughter) so. . . ”
When asked if he could ever see himself turning into a “middle-aged, ex-rock star,” the then-28-year-old Elton was quick to deny that would ever happen: “God forbid, no. I hopefully have two or three years left where I can have a good time. As long as you're having a good time, then you're okay. And I am still having a good time.”
Elton John will next perform on May 1st and 2nd in Vienna, Austria.