Elton John touches down in Cannes for sparkling 'Rocketman' premiere



It was a case of goodbye yellow brick road, hello Cannes red carpet as Elton John made an appearance at the film festival as part of his extended global farewell tour.

On Thursday night, Rocketman, the biopic about John's life starring Egerton, premiered to applause, cheers and a standing ovation at Cannes.

But donning heart-shaped, red-tinted glasses he gave the movie his hearty blessing on Thursday.

The film hits theaters on May 31.

"Rocketman" - which is receiving positive early reviews - also features a new song recorded by John and Egerton called "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again", a clip of which John tweeted out. "Even if the movie doesn't make one penny.it is the movie I wanted to make, and that doesn't happen often", John said at an after-party, per Deadline. Director Dexter Fletcher and cast members Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Taron Egerton and Elton John pose.

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Egerton was visibly moved to tears after the premiere. "It's not [Queen biopic] Bohemian Rhapsody where the brilliant Rami Malek, who played Freddie [Mercury], lip synched".

It's a glossy music- stuffed biopic with a star-making turn from Egerton.

Perhaps more controversially, the film takes an R-rated approach to John's life, with frank depictions of gay sex and drug use.

The movie, starring Taron Egerton, tracks the singer's first steps in the music business, from his tentative tryouts on the piano as a child to his explosion onto the USA scene and its drug and alcohol-fueled party world.

The music legend's husband - who produced "Rocketman" - has also shared his thoughts on the final product.

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