Elton John, Taron Egerton release duet ahead of 'Rocketman' debut

Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from Rocketman

Elton John and his biopic Rocketman landed on Thursday (Friday NZ time) at the Cannes Film Festival, where the 72-year-old pop star came dressed in a tuxedo with "Rocket Man" emblazoned on the back and regaled attendees with an after-party performance on the beach.

Expect to hear some dramatic changes of Elton's classics on the album: Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting has been turned into an ensemble piece, while I Want Love soundtracks a heart-breaking moment of conflict around a family meal.

Rocketman hits Aussie screens on May 30, with a cheeky advanced screening at select cinemas on May 29, and lucky for us, Taron's headed over our way with director Dexter Fletcher to host the official premiere on May 25 in Sydney.

John has praised Egerton's portrayal in the film, particularly Egerton's decision to perform all the songs himself.

"Even if the movie doesn't make one penny - which will kill Jim Gianopulos - it is the movie I wanted to make, and that doesn't happen often", John said Thursday, referring to Paramount Pictures' chairman, Deadline reports. The Guardian acknowledged that Rocketman "had the burden of following or living up to Elton John's sensational songs, the masterpieces which each seem like mini-movies in themselves". Apparently Egerton burst into tears as well.

Perhaps more controversially, the film takes an R-rated approach to John's life, with frank depictions of gay sex and drug use. The soundtrack, Rocketman (Music From The Motion Picture), is out May 24.

Taron Egerton was visibly moved to tears after the film's premiere.

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