The biopic follows the "fantastical journey" of Elton's life, beginning from his years as child musical prodigy, Reginald Dwight, through his rise to stardom and his legendary partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell.) The biopic, which Paramount Pictures calls an "epic musical fantasy," tells the "universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture."
The full-length trailer, which dropped Thursday morning, opens with Elton playing the piano while singing the first few words from "Your Song." He tells his friend and lyricist, Taupin, "I can hear the whole tune in my head. It was all there, I just had to get it out."
The clip then flashes to moments showcasing Elton's rise to fame, including changing his name from Reginald Dwight to Elton. "So how does a fat boy from nowhere, get to be a song man?" someone asks him. We also see Egerton's take on Elton's wild, over-the-top, yet absolutely incredible fashion choices.
The trailer teases Elton's complicated relationship with his manager John Reid, played by "Game of Thrones" alum Richard Madden. "If our sleeping arrangements get out, all of this is gone," Reid tells Elton.
At another point in the clip, while Elton dons a sequined, feathered ensemble, Taupin asks him, "Don't you want to just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?" Elton yells back, "People don't pay to see Reg Dwight. They pay to see Elton John!"
Unlike Rami Malek's Oscar-nominated performance as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," Egerton is doing all of his own singing in the film. And if the trailers are any indication, Egerton absolutely kills it. At a first listen, it's hard to tell that it's not Elton's incredible voice booming through the speakers.
Although the trailer is a little over two minutes, we hear snippets of Egerton's flawless versions of "Your Song," "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer" and more. The trailer teases the use of fantasy elements, similar to the 2007 drama "Across the Universe." It also looks like "Rocketman" will detail Elton's struggle with addiction.
"Maybe I should try to be more ordinary?" Elton tells Taupin at one point and he replies, "You were never ordinary."
The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Eileen and is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously directed Egerton in the biopic "Eddie The Eagle." Fletcher also took over as director of the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," following the exit of Bryan Singer.