Taron Egerton was an honored guest at Elton John’s Oscars party on Sunday night (24 February). The actor joined the iconic singer onstage for a performance of Tiny Dancer to the cheers of party guests.
Egerton is playing John in the upcoming musical biopic Rocketman.
With John at the piano in a spectacular gold suit jacket with velvet trimming, Egerton stood singing and gave a superb performance. John came in later in the song and their pair serenaded guests with a joyful duet.
In a recent feature about the film, Giles Martin, the music producer of the movie, revealed John’s impression of Egerton’s performance.
‘Elton said, “I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,”‘ Martin said. ‘The great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.’
At the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by John and his husband, David Furnish, attendees raised over $6.3 million in the global fight against AIDS.
Egerton took to the stage during the auction portion of the party. There was bidding on a trip to the London premiere of Rocketman and then Egerton was invited to sing. He said he would only do so if John performed with him.
The upcoming movie
The movie is an ‘epic musical fantasy’, which tells the story of how ‘shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight’ became the one and only Elton John.
It also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin. Also in the cast are Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
‘I feel that the movie we’ve shot is absolutely a celebration of everything that Elton John is, and part of that is his sexuality,’ he continued.
Dexter Fletcher, who was brought in to finish Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer’s firing, is directing Rocketman.
Many are wondering if Egerton will receive the same awards consideration as Rami Malek did for his Oscar-winning turn as Freddie Mercury.
The movie is slated for release on 24 May in the UK and 31 May in the US.