Paramount Pictures dropped a new trailer for “Rocketman” this morning, teasing the upcoming Elton John biopic hitting theaters this May and starring Taron Egerton. The film follows Elton John’s breakthrough years, as the iconic star transformed from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
Egerton sings and performs in the film, the movie also features Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin; Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager; and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
Dexter Fletcher directed “Rocketman” for the studio, Lee Hall wrote the script, and the project was produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, and David Reid.
Elton John served as an executive producer on the film, along with Steve Hamilton Shaw, Michael Gracey, Claudia Schiffer, and Brian Oliver.
The musical is hitting theaters the same weekend as “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” with Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, and O’Shea Jackson. That’s the same weekend that the thriller “Ma” hits theaters with Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, and Luke Evans.
“Rocketman” will also have to compete with Disney’s “Aladdin,” which is opening the weekend before “Rocketman,” the same weekend as “Ad Astra” with Brad Pitt; the horror-thriller “Brightburn” with Elizabeth Banks; and the animated-comedy “Minecraft.” The heavy schedule could split the box office when “Rocketman” debuts in theaters.
Paramount Pictures is hoping to find the same success as “Bohemian Rhapsody” saw when that film hit theaters earlier this year. Bryan Singer directed that project, which starred Rami Malek, Aidan Gillen, Mike Myers, and Tom Hollander. “Bohemian Rhapsody” made over $51M on opening weekend before grossing over $859M for the studio.