Adapting the life and times of pop icon Elton John into a feature-length film is tricky — with a career spanning five decades, there’s almost too much to look into. But the creators of the upcoming film Rocketman are confident that they have done the singer’s legacy justice.
In a new featurette, the cast and crew of the upcoming biopic take a closer look at John’s massive life, putting their finger on exactly what makes his story so compelling. “Music, as a young boy, pulled him out of a very unhappy childhood,” producer and Elton John’s husband David Furnish says in the new clip. “And that opened a door to a world full of infinite possibilities.”
The new clip looks at the star’s life as a child, living in Northern London with his working class family. Taron Egerton, who plays the lead in the film, noted the remarkable nature of John’s “rags to riches” story. “It’s amazing that this working class kid is now one of the biggest icons in the world,” he says.
The film’s director Dexter Fletcher, who also took over directing on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired, added that while the film is an examination of the star’s rise to fame, it’s also a very surreal version of a biopic, with clips of floating audience members and dream-like sequences being played. “Because of the nature of who Elton is, the storytelling allowed us to totally indulge in fantasy and imagination,” he says.
John himself appears in the clip, saying that authenticity was the most important aspect of the film for him. “It had to be as honest as possible,” he says. “The lows were very low, but the highs were very high. That’s how I wanted the film to be.”
Check out the new featurette for Rocketman below.