Last Night the Stars of Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Attended the Film’s First Public Preview
The film doesn’t hit theaters until May 31, but the Elton John movie Rocketman offered the L.A. glitterati (and press) its very first public preview last night. Luring a crowd with hors d’oeuvres and a 15-minute supercut of the unfinished film, people packed The Troubadour, a world-famous local concert venue that also happens to be the spot where Elton John first performed in America, all the way back in July 1970.
Celebs as wide-ranging as award-winning songwriter Dianne Warren and The Assassination of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss were in attendance, along with pop songstress Betty Who, beloved actor Patrick Stewart, Kelly Osbourne and Elton John’s own husband, David Furnish, who is also a producer of Rocketman.
Before screening footage from the Elton John movie, Furnish and the film’s cast stepped onstage to offer a few words. In attendance were Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays John’s mother; Jamie Bell, who plays John’s longtime collaborator and lyricist Bernie Taupin; and Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John and offers all of the film’s original vocals.
Egerton read a letter written by the director of Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher, who was unable to attend the preview event due to his work wrapping up the film. Watch footage of Egerton reading the letter here: