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A New Trailer For “Rocketman” Blasts Off

As we finish of this awards season on Sunday night, the next wave of potential Oscar contenders are already beginning to tease themselves. One of the possible players even has a director who factored heavily into one of the current Best Picture nominees. It’s Rocketman, the hotly anticipated Elton John biopic. Dexter Fletcher is at the helm of this one, due in no small part for how he stepped in to help guide Bohemian Rhapsody to the finish line. This is a different looking film though, so it will probably have more of his mark on it. A brand new Trailer was dropped yesterday for the flick, which you’ll be able to see at the bottom of the post. Before that, as always, let us discuss the movie a bit, shall we?

The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of the legendary musician Elton John. The plot synopsis, courtesy of IMDb, is pretty sparse, just saying the following: “A musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.” Look for a chronicle of how John (Taron Egerton) managed to break through and become the star that he still is to this day. His professional partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) will surely be a part of the story as well. The rest? We’ll have to see the movie itself to find the specific details. The aforementioned Fletcher directs a script by Lee Hall. Supporting players here include Tate Donovan, Stephen Graham, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, and many more. Matthew Margeson composed the score, while George Richmond handled the cinematography. Matthew Vaughn is one of the producers, as is John himself.

From the looks of this Trailer, John’s story will be told in a far more stylized way than Freddie Mercury’s was. Egerton does his own singing too, which Rami Malek did not. The beats of the story may well be just as familiar, but if the depiction is creative, that doesn’t matter much. The peeks we’ve gotten of this flick are fairly promising, so there is some confidence on hand from Paramount Pictures, teasing it out. With tons of classic music, there’s reason to expect this to be another big hit. If so, there’s a chance that Oscar could come calling in a big way.

It’s very early on, to say the least, but Rocketman has to be considered a potential awards player. Expect an across the board campaign from Paramount, with efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Fletcher), Best Actor (for Egerton), Best Supporting Actor (for Bell and/or Madden), Best Supporting Actress (for Howard), Best Original Screenplay (for Hall), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score. When I post year in advance predictions in a week, you’ll see where I have this one, but it’s a contender to watch out for, no doubt about that.

You can see the Rocketman Trailer up next, but you’ll have to wait a bit for this one. It won’t be hitting theaters until the end of May (the 31st of May, to be precise), so if it’s good, it will have to sustain momentum throughout the season. One step at a time though, obviously. If the film is good, that will take care of a lot. We’ll see in a few months what the end result is, but the promotional material is plenty compelling. Give a look to the Trailer and sit tight for more on the movie in the months to come…

Here now is the New Trailer for Rocketman:

Stay tuned for plenty more on Rocketman between now and its May 31st release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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