Listen to Taron Egerton sing ‘Rocket Man’ from Elton John biopic soundtrack

The soundtrack will also feature a duet from the actor and John himself

Taron Egerton has recorded a version of the Elton John classic ‘Rocket Man’ for the soundtrack to the upcoming biopic of the same name.

The actor plays the iconic musician in the film, which has been described as a “musical fantasy” by director Dexter Fletcher. It follows John’s “transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar.”

You can listen to Egerton’s take on the hit song in the video below, which features clips of the star recording his version interspersed with scenes from the film.

In a press release, John said: “It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron. I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie [Taupin]’s lyrics and my music – not just acting. I left Taron in the hands of [producer and composer] Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant.

“I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process. I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and, listening back, I’ve been astonished with the results. Getting the music right was the most important thing, as the songs in the film are integral to the story.”

The tracklist for the film’s soundtrack has also been confirmed. ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’ will be released on May 24 via Virgin EMI – two days after the film’s release. It will feature some of John’s biggest hits reinterpreted and reimagined by Giles Martin and sung by Egerton.

The soundtrack will also feature a brand new song called ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’, which was written by John and his longterm songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and performed by the musician and Egerton.

The full tracklist for ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’ is as follows:

‘The Bitch Is Back (Introduction)’
‘I Want Love’
‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’
‘Thank You For All Your Loving’
‘Border Song’
‘Rock & Roll Madonna – Interlude’
‘Your Song’
‘Amoreena’
‘Crocodile Rock’
‘Tiny Dancer’
‘Take Me To The Pilot’
‘Hercules’
‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’
‘Honky Cat’
‘Pinball Wizard – Interlude’
‘Rocket Man’
‘Bennie And The Jets’
‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down – Interlude’
‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’
‘I’m Still Standing’
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’

Last month, Egerton responded to criticism of his casting as Elton John. Some critics had questioned whether a heterosexual actor was the right choice to tell the story of the musician grappling with his sexual identity.

“I’ve approached it wholeheartedly and I hope that for that reason people accept me [as Elton],” he said. “The LGBTQ community has always been about inclusiveness, hasn’t it? Not about, ‘We’re here. You’re there.’ In fact, if you want to come in, come on in.”