Young Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the most iconic figures in pop history. Set to his most beloved songs, it’s the epic musical story of Elton John, his breakthrough years in the 1970s and his fantastical transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Budget: $40 million
Box office: $195.2 million
When: Thursday 16th May 2019
Where: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
When: Monday 20th May 2019
Where: Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London
When: Thursday 23rd May 2019
Where: Seoul, South Korea
When: Saturday 25th May 2019
Where: Sydney, Australia
New York Premiere
When: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Where: Alice Tully Hall, New York City, NY
When: Thursday 15th August 2019
Where: TOHO Cinemas Hibiya, Tokyo, Japan
- Elton John and husband David Furnish had been developing John’s biopic since 2000! They had worked for nearly two decades to get the film greenlit with many potential cast members and directors attached to and dropping out of the project during that period. At one point, Focus Features had acquired the rights and filming was scheduled to begin in 2014 but was delayed over budget issues. At that point, John decided to take the film elsewhere and it wasn’t until 2017, when Taron Egerton entered negotiations that the film finally started to pan out.
- In 2013, Tom Hardy was cast to play Elton John but dropped out in 2017 when there was no development.
- Taron Egerton does all of his own singing throughout the film!
- The film is named after Elton John’s 1992 hit of the same name.
- Elton John originally wanted Justin Timberlake to play him in the film!