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  • James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe were considered to play Elton John.
  • Tom Hardy was attached to star and the film went into development for nearly three years, after Hardy's busy schedule conflicted he dropped out of the lead role.
  • Taron Egerton will play Elton John, as he announced himself during the Jonathan Ross Show in September 2017.
  • Elton John co-starred with Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). Egerton even sang John's hit "I'm Still Standing" in Sing (2016).
  • Elton John told Taron Egerton to not copy him too much in the film, and make his own version out of it.
  • Taron Egerton has always had a passion for singing next to acting. He recorded songs for Eddie the Eagle (2015) and Sing (2016).
  • Taron Egerton and Elton John appeared together in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).
  • This is Taron Egerton's third movie featuring Elton John as a character or contributor. The first movie was Sing (2016) where Egerton sang Elton John's "I'm Still Standing." The second time, Elton John is co-starred in Egerton's Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). In this film, Egerton plays his own version of Elton John.
  • Jamie Bell (who plays Bernie Taupin) played the lead role in the film version of Billy Elliot (2000). Elton John was a key figure in helping develop the stage version of the film.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard plays Taron Egerton's mother in this film. In reality, she is only eight years older.
  • Jamie Bell also starred in Billy Elliot (2000), written by Rocketman (2019) screenwriter Lee Hall.
  • Taron Egerton's character Johnny in Sing (2016) sang "I'm Still Standing" by Sir Elton John.
  • Marks Dexter Fletcher's second biographical movie about a music icon. Fletcher also completed work on Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
  • Rocketman is the second time music manager John Reid is getting the screen treatment. The famed business manager (and onetime lover of Elton John) is also being portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, as the manager of the band Queen. And not only is John Reid appearing in two biopics about two musical acts from the '70s, he is also being played by two Game of Thrones actors: Richard Madden in Rocketman, and Aidan Gillis in Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Richard Madden plays music manager John Reid in this film. In Bohemian Rhaposdy (2018), Aidan Gillen plays the same character. Both actors have appeared in Game of Thrones (2011)
  • The second collaboration between Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher after Eddie the Eagle (2015).
  • Music producer John Reid is portrayed in this film by Richard Madden. Madden's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Aidan Gillen portrayed John Reid in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
  • Taron Egerton does all of his own singing in the film.
  • Back in 2012, Elton John revealed his top choice to play him in a biopic was Justin Timberlake.
  • This movie is helmed by Dexter Fletcher,who was previously attached to direct Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), another music biography.He was eventually replaced by Bryan Singer and even directed some parts of the movie after Singer got fired from the production.
  • Prior to this film, Justin Timberlake was in talks to star in an Elton John biopic. Timberlake was hand-picked by Elton John to portray him in the music video for his single Elton John: This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (2001).
  • Originally supposed to be distributed by Focus Features & Universal Pictures.
  • Patti LaBelle friendship with Elton John first tour in America was instrumental in him becoming the flamboyant performer that created the awesome concerts over the years.
  • The film is named after the 1972 song of the same name.
  • John Reid was portrayed by Aidan Gillen in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), a musical biopic about gay Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and the band's success. In Rocketman (2019), a movie about gay singer Elton John, he is portrayed by Richard Madden. Both Gillan and Madden are alumni of Game of Thrones (2011).
  • Rocket Pictures' first live-action film and second film from Paramount Pictures after Sherlock Gnomes (2018).
  • The film is premiered during the three year retirement tour of the real Elton John.
  • Tom Cruise was considered to play Elton but he decided not to.
  • Elton John once applied to work for NASA before he was famous. He didn't get the job and decided to sing songs to show them what they were missing.
  • The film is being premiered during the 4 year retirement tour of the real Elton John.
  • The film is being premiered during the 3 year retirement tour of the real Elton John.
  • When Elton calls his mother to tell her he's gay, she and Fred are watching Liberace on television. Appropriately enough, Liberace was also a flamboyant piano player whose homosexuality was not widely known during his lifetime.
  • Elton John would come to set everyday and swear at the catering crew for not making the sandwiches right.
  • Elton johns favourite colour is not blue
  • Elton John is not related to Ben Elton.
  • Steven Mackintosh (who plays Elton's father) and director Dexter Fletcher both acted in Guy Ritchie's 1998 crime comedy 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. That film was also produced by Matthew Vaughn, whose production company MARV was also involved in the production of this film.
  • The exterior footage of early 1970s LA during the Troubadour club era was stock 35 mm footage that was digitally cleaned up as it would have been far too impractical and expensive to redecorate parts of Sunset Boulevard in a 1970s style just for the few seconds of film required.
  • John Reid has been played by two former Game of Thrones actors. Richard Madden plays him in Rocketman and Aiden Gillen played him in Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • When Elton John is seen going through his record collection, Queen's 1976 album A Day At The Races is briefly visible. A possible nod to Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), on which Dexter Fletcher did finalizing work.
  • One of the biggest challenges that Elton John faced in trying to get this project moving forward is that many producers told him they wanted to make a PG-13 rated film. John told them all the same thing: that he had not led a PG-13 life.
  • Taron Egerton wears 53 different pairs of glasses throughout the film.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard and Taron Egerton play mother and son, Bryce is really only 8 years older than Taron
  • In any early scene a music producer tells Elton he's going to shoot the next piano player who plays Streets of Laredo. This is potentially a nod to Elton John's album Don't Shoot the Piano Player.


  • The final musical number is "I'm Still Standing." This was the song Taron Egerton performed in the animated film, 'Sing.'
  • In the film, Elton mentions that his full name is Elton Hercules John. The film makes out that he chose John as a surname because of a John Lennon picture but in reality he chose John because he was a fan of singer Long John Baldry. The Hercules part of the name came later and he decided upon it whilst watching the British TV series 'Steptoe & Son'", where the name of the Steptoe's horse was 'Hercules'.
  • Dick James (played in the film by Stephen Graham) was an interesting man in his own right. Prior to setting up the DJM record label in the late 1960s (who published Elton's early records) he had made his name as a session singer, most famously singing the theme tune to the Richard Greene television series 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (1955-59), which was one of the fledgling ITV networks' earliest hits in the UK. In the early 1960s he ventured into music publishing and was a co-creator (along with Brian Epstein) of 'Northern Songs Ltd' to deal with publishing rights for songs penned by The Beatles. After the death of Epstein in 1967 his relationship with the fab four deteriorated and he sold on his share of Northern Songs to Sir Lew Grade's ATV company at a handsome profit, and without consulting John Lennon & Paul McCartney (as they were under the impression there was an agreement that any sale of James's stake in the company would be offered to them first). DJM were Elton's UK record label until 1976 (US sales were licensed by DJM to RCA) when he started publishing under his own 'Rocket' label brand that he had started in 1973 to handle other artists. One of the earliest Rocket artists Elton signed up was Kiki Dee. In 2013, after the 40 year publishing deal for the albums and singles she had recorded with Rocket had expired, Elton personally handed Kiki back the original studio master-tapes as a gift. In the 1980s John took legal action against James over rights issues and won his case shortly before James died in 1986 aged 65. After his death the rights to the DJM back catalog (minus Elton's records) were sold to Polygram.
  • Elton's suicide attempt is portrayed as the inspiration for the song Rocket Man. Rocket Man was in fact inspired by actual NASA scientists, but a later suicide attempt; in which he stuck his head in an oven but was rescued by Bernie; inspired the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."
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