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"The idea was to make a movie where the music powers the fantasy..." - hmv.com talks Rocketman with composer Giles Martin
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"The idea was to make a movie where the music powers the fantasy..." - hmv.com talks Rocketman with composer Giles Martin

Having been drafted in to rescue the production of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following the departure of the film's former director Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher has turned his attention to another British rock legend for his latest shift in the director's chair.

Rocketman arrives in cinemas this week and charts the life and career of one Reginald Dwight - better known to millions around the world by his stage name, Elton John. Kingsman star Taron Egerton is the man enlisted to step into Elton's platform shoes, starring alongside an impressive cast which includes Stephen Graham, Bodyguard star Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jamie Bell, the latter appearing in the role of Elton's songwriting partner of 50 years, Bernie Taupin.

All of Elton's songs featured in the film have been re-recorded and performed by Egerton himself, with none other than composer and producer Giles Martin overseeing the movie's music.

With Rocketman hits DVD shelves on Monday (September 30th) and we caught up with Giles for a chat about how he got involved with the film, working with Egerton in the studio, and why producing actors is a very different task from working with musicians.

Watch our interview with Giles below...

 

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