managed to earn a PG-13 rating by focusing more on Freddie Mercury and Queen’s concert performances than their party-happy personal lives, Rocketman will go the opposite route and offer an R-rated dive into John’s early life of sex, drugs and – what else? – rock ‘n’ roll. The film was written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and reunited Egerton with Dexter Fletcher, the director of his acclaimed biographical sports dramedy Eddie the Eagle. As evidenced by the trailer, Egerton will be doing some of his own singing in the film, including performing the titular Elton John tune.
Fletcher, as it were, stepped in to finish production on Bohemian Rhapsody late last year, shortly after original director Bryan Singer was fired. While Singer will remain the sole director credited on the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic, that may actually work out in Fletcher’s favor. The filmmaker now gets to try and make his name with a musician memoir that he developed from the ground-up, rather than one he took over at the eleventh hour – and if the exhilarating Rocketman teaser trailer is any indicator, then Fletcher may yet succeed in doing just that.
Source: Paramount Pictures