Taron Egerton glitters as Elton John in new trailer for Rocketman biopic

Taron Egerton transforms into a glittering Elton John in a new trailer for the biopic Rocketman.

The Welsh actor portrays the musician in the film charting Elton John's rise from prodigy at the British Royal Academy of Music to global superstar.

“You can be the best-selling artist in American if you so desire,” says Bodyguard star Richard Madden, who plays his manager John Reid.

In another clip Reid, who for the first five years of Elton John's stardom was also his lover, warns him that “if our sleeping arrangements get out, all of this is gone”.

Kingsman star Egerton, 29, sports thick rimmed glasses and fur coats as he evolves from unknown performer Reginald Dwight to global star in the two-minute-long glimpse.

The teaser for Paramount Pictures production features some of Elton John's best-loved songs, including Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer.

The film has been billed as “based on a true fantasy”, and the trailer ends with a brief shot of Elton John's famous 1975 Dodger Stadium concerts in Los Angeles.

Rocketman opens in cinemas in May.

- Press Association

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