Rocketman star Taron Egerton and Elton John surprised the audience with a live duet of "Your Song". Debuting as Eggsy opposite Colin Firth's Harry in Matthew Vaughn's R-rated spy adventure film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, followed up by last year's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Egerton is back on the big screen, this time, playing a young John in the musical biopic. Directed by Dexter Fletcher - the movie chronicles the legendary singer/songwriter's early life, leading to his initial burst into the music scene.
While Rocketman arrive on the heels of Rami Malek's Bohemian Rhapsody, the film had actually been in-development since 2001. At one point, Tom Hardy was the in the running to play the role, but the role ultimately landed on Egerton's lap, signing on for the project April of last year. Premiering at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the movie received predominantly positive reviews, citing Egerton's portrayal of John. It has also earned $101.8 million thus far against a production budget of $40 million. Due to its success, Fletcher said that he's open to do a sequel. In the meantime, as fans wait for any official word on that, they can enjoy Egerton and John's live duets while on the marketing trail for Rocketman, the latest of which took place over the weekend.
Posted on John's official YouTube channel is his surprise duet with Egerton during the Hove, UK leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour that began last September. In light of Pride Month, Egerton came out wearing a plain black shirt with a simple rainbow pattern on the chest which many assumed is in support of the LGBTQ+ community. He eventually donned one of those over-the-top glasses that John is known for. The pair sang one of John's most beloved compositions - "Your Song". Watch their full performance below:
After successfully penetrating the mainstream popularity with Kingsman, Egerton dabbled in other genre films that might have significantly helped him landing the role. Rocketman isn't his first biopic but Eddie the Eagle (directed by Fletcher as well). In the movie, he played legendary professional ski jumper Eddie Edwards opposite Hugh Jackman as the character's fictional coach, Bronson Peary. Meanwhile, he proved he's capable of carrying a tune in the animated movie, Sing. Lending his voice to orangutan Johnny, Egerton coincidentally sang the John's "I'm Still Standing" as his final performance piece in the animated film - a song that he also performed in Rocketman.
It's too early for award season predictions, but Egerton and Rocketman are already generating buzz for potential nominations, especially considering how successful Bohemian Rhapsody was in last year's circuit. Reviews are significantly better than that controversial film that won Rami Malek Best Actor at the Oscars. The Mr. Robot star did a tremendous job in bringing to life Freddie Mercury, but the fact that Egerton also did his own singing (Malek didn't) on top of brilliantly portraying young John should give him a bigger chance nabbing an acting accolade. Seeing Egerton perform these live duets with John emphasizes that and could actually increase his chances for at least a nomination at this year's Academy Awards.
Source: Elton John