You’re gonna love these two together.
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Elton John and Taron Egerton’s original duet from Rocketman, has liftoff. Written by John and Bernie Taupin, John’s longtime writing partner, the new song plays over the upcoming film’s closing credits.
— Rocketman (@rocketmanmovie) May 16, 2019
“I wanted to write a song that Taron and I could sing,” John told GMA. “It’s really fantastic. I’m so happy. It sounds like an old end of ’60s, early ’70s song. He sings it brilliantly, and I’m glad we’ve got something on record together.”
Egerton, who plays the music legend in the biopic, did all his own singing for the film.
The duet’s release follows an official music video for Egerton’s cover of “Rocket Man,” the first single from the Rocketman soundtrack.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 16, 2019
“Elton said, ’I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,'” said Rocketman music supervisor Giles Martin in a recent featurette. “The great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.”
Rocketman premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where a standing ovation from the audience left Egerton wiping away tears. John and Egerton later performed the song “Rocket Man” together at a special gala reception.
Described as “an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years,” Rocketman spotlights the relationship between the icon and his first manager, John Reid (Richard Madden), who was also his lover.
— Rocketman (@rocketmanmovie) May 17, 2019
Rocketman is the “first major studio film to depict gay male sex,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which describes “multiple scenes that included men kissing, simulated oral sex and a steamy bedroom scene with both Egerton and Madden unclothed.”
THR notes that Brokeback Mountain, Call Me by Your Name, and Moonlight were all released by independent studios or specialty arms of major studios.
Director Dexter Fletcher recently shut down “rumors” of a gay sex scene being censored to obtain a PG-13 rating from the MPAA instead of R. He tweeted that the film “has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in.”
The film also stars Jamie Bell as Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother. John’s husband, David Furnish, is a producer.
The Rocketman soundtrack, out May 24, is available now for pre-order.
Rocketman is in theaters May 31.