AceShowbiz - Actor Taron Egerton is to portray his "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" co-star Elton John in a new biopic. Dexter Fletcher, who is currently directing a Freddie Mercury film with Rami Malek, will take charge of the project, which reunites him with his "Eddie the Eagle" leading man.
According to Deadline, the film will chronicle Sir Elton's life and career from his days at the Royal Academy of Music in London to his longstanding partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin and his successes as a pop superstar. Scripted by Lee Hall, the movie, titled "Rocketman", will be produced by "Kingsman" filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, Elton and his Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.
Production is set to start this summer (August) and Egerton will re-record the rock legend's hits for the movie's soundtrack.
Elton played himself in the "Kingsman" sequel, in which Taron's Gary "Eggsy" Unwin had to lead a team of top spies and assassins on a rescue mission after learning movie villain Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, had captured the rock star and was holding him prisoner for her own entertainment.