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‘Rocketman’ blasts into Cannes

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: Taron Egerton attends the “Rocketman” Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Serge Arnal/Paramount)

Throngs of movie fans hit the Croisette as Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and music legend Elton John hit the Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of Rocketman, the epic biopic of John’s multi-decade musical career.

Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’ longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

The stars, director Dexter Fletcher and Elton John himself held court at the film’s press photo call today. Keep an eye out for our Cannes review forthcoming.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Taron Egerton and Elton John attend the “Rocketman” Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Serge Arnal/Paramount)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Richard Madden and Taron Egerton attend the “Rocketman” Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Serge Arnal/Paramount)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Richard Madden attend the “Rocketman” Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Serge Arnal/Paramount)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Adam Bohling, Kit Connor, Dexter Fletcher, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, and Giles Martin attend the “Rocketman” Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Serge Arnal/Paramount)

Check out a clip of Taron Egerton and Elton John singing a clip the film’s title track “Rocket Man,” from the Cannes Gala afterparty below.

Rocketman hits theaters from Paramount Pictures on May 31st.

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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