The first picture of Taron Egerton as Sir Elton John in an upcoming biopic has been released.
Welsh actor Egerton will portray the revered musician in Rocketman, a film charting Sir Elton’s rise from being a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to becoming a global superstar.
Billy Elliot’s Jamie Bell stars as Sir Elton’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin.
The first image of Egerton as Sir Elton shows the Kingsman star dressed in a gold jacket teamed with gold winged shoes and seated on a sofa on what appears to be a private jet.
He is also wearing large sunglasses.
The picture, shared on Twitter by Paramount Pictures, was captioned: “An epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story.”
Egerton revealed the film’s trailer will be released on Monday, adding: “Can’t wait for you all to see the trailer Monday. Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am.”
Sir Elton shared the image with his 1.1 million Instagram followers, along with the caption: “Hold on to your glasses, this is going to be a wild ride!! Here’s Taron Egerton (portraying me!) on the set of the #Rocketman movie..”
He added a rocket emoji and the hashtags ‘film’ and ‘coming soon’.
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden and is set to be released in 2019.