Elton John ‘Rocketman’ musical has been delayed

But not by much...

The release date for the Elton John musical-film Rocketman has been pushed back.

Paramount Pictures announced that the film, which focuses on Elton’s rise to fame, will have its release date pushed back to May 31, 2019.

Originally, Rocketman was scheduled to have a slightly earlier release date, on May 17, 2019.

The production stars actor Taron Egerton, who appeared with John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The actor was pictured filming the musical in London earlier this week.

According to Digital Spy, John’s husband David Furnish says the singer has been “blown away” by the star’s performance so far, who has already recorded all his own interpretations of the musician’s classic songs at Abbey Road Studios.

He said: “When I played the songs for Elton, he was blown away, really blown away,” he said. “Elton was like, ‘It can’t get any better for me’.

“Elton has told Taron, ‘Don’t copy me. Don’t think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it’.”

The film was originally announced for release back in 2011 and was scripted by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall. It was billed as a “larger than life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend”. The film is being directed by Dexter Fletcher, who worked with Egerton previously on the Eddie the Eagle biopic.

Speaking about his role in the film previouly, Egerton said: ”We are making a movie called Rocketman about Elton John’s formative years. Everyone thinks it’s a biopic. It isn’t. It’s a fantasy musical so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun.”

He added: “I’m going to do it all. I’m going to do it on set as well. We’re going to use a variety of techniques but I will always be singing on set. No miming. I’m just not interested in doing it that way.”

Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard all also appear in the musical.