Taron Egerton signs up to play Elton John in R-Rated musical biopic
Kingsman star Taron Egerton has signed up to play Elton John in a new musical about the star's wild early years.
Egerton, who is currently promoting Kingsman: The Golden Circle, revealed the news on The Jonathan Ross Show.
He said: "I'm going to be playing Elton John in a musical. I'm really excited to talk about it. It's something that I've been so, so excited about. Elton's production company and Matthew Vaughn's production company – who made Kingsman – are planning a musical, fantasy, not quite biopic, about the early years of Elton John. It's going to feature his songs and I'm going to do the old acting and singing."
Egerton went on to add that the musical would pull no punches when it came to showing the star's life and his decadence, he said: "As far as I'm aware the plan is that it will be the world's first R-rated musical. It's going to be very unabashed in its depiction of him I think."
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the follow-up to Kingsman: The Secret Service and stars a returning Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong with Julianne Moore, Poppy Delevinge, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Elton John and Halle Berry joining the cast. Matthew Vaughn directs once again and has adapted Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic for the screen.
The sequel finds the Kingsman heading to the United States to join forces with Statesman, Kingsman's American counterpart, after Kingsman's headquarters is destroyed by Poppy, a member of the secret group The Golden Circle and a notorious criminal mastermind.
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released into UK cinemas on September 20th this year.