Taron Egerton and Elton John Perform 'Rocketman' Together at Cannes

Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from Rocketman

Paramount Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from Rocketman

It was an emotional night for Elton John at Cannes.

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Sporting a sequined "EJ" rocket on his lapel, Elton John beamed his way down the Cannes red carpet on Thursday to see the premiere of his own biopic - "Rocketman".

John characteristically was in more flamboyant attire than his fellow attendees, with the musician dressed in a tuxedo emblazoned with sequins spelling out the film's title (and name of John's 1972 hit).

Still, that big-screen quality is something that was always apparent to Bernie Taupin, John's principal songwriting collaborator.

Taron Egerton was visibly moved to tears after the film's premiere. The duo was blown away by the response, with both men openly crying as the audience stood in appreciation. However, the film has since been given a more mature R rating, and Fletcher has promised that it will be a "no-holds barred" account of the singer's life.

John also perform "I'm Still Standing", his 1982 multi-platinum single.

The track features on the accompanying Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture album, out on May 24.

"Elton John is somebody that I think I know incredibly well, but then also it's like watching a film about somebody you don't know at all", says David Furnish, who's been with John for 26 years. I went, 'God, this is so hard to sing. This is not a concern to John, though.

"Even if the movie doesn't make one penny at the box office - which will kill (Paramount Pictures chief) Jim Gianopulos - it is the movie I wanted to make", John said from the stage.

"Rocketman" will debut nationwide May 31.

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