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Elton John, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden at Rocketman premiere

Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton performed a passionate duet at the Rocketman premiere after-party on Thursday night following their debut on the star-studded red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival held at Palais des Festivals.

The musical legend, 72, made sure he wore a rocket-themed suit for the event as he joined the 29-year-old actor, who is playing him in the film, on stage for the once-in-a-lifetime performance, with the two ‘moved to tears’ by the audience’s standing ovation to the biopic movie. 

Elton and Taron, who have developed a close friendship since their filming debut, treated the crowd to the intimate duet, with event-goers sharing videos of the performance where they sang Rocket Man together on social media. 

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Wow: Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton performed a passionate duet at the Rocketman premiere after-party on Thursday night following their debut on the star-studded red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival held at Palais des Festivals

Sweet: The musical legend, 72, who wore a rocket-themed suit, joined the 29-year-old actor, who is playing him in the film, on stage for the performance, with the two 'moved to tears' by the audience's standing ovation to the biopic movie

Sweet: The musical legend, 72, who wore a rocket-themed suit, joined the 29-year-old actor, who is playing him in the film, on stage for the performance, with the two 'moved to tears' by the audience's standing ovation to the biopic movie

Sweet: The musical legend, 72, who wore a rocket-themed suit, joined the 29-year-old actor, who is playing him in the film, on stage for the performance, with the two ‘moved to tears’ by the audience’s standing ovation to the biopic movie

With the I’m Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage. 

The film has already been praised by Cannes Film Festival goers, with critics and attendees taking to Twitter to praise the ‘wonderfully acted’ biopic, with Taron being singled out for his ‘absolutely brilliant’ portrayal of Elton, who is believed to have shed a tear after he got a standing ovation from the audience. 

While in another video shared on social media, director Dexter Fletcher, admitted they were ‘blown away’ by the reaction, he said: ‘Thank you for being an amazing audience, this is a big honour and thrill for us, we are all blown away by your fantastic reception and response, we love you, so thank you!’    

Close bond: With the I'm Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage

Close bond: With the I’m Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage

Honour: The film has already been praised by Cannes Film Festival goers, with critics and attendees taking to Twitter to praise the 'wonderfully acted' biopic, with Taron being singled out for his 'absolutely brilliant' portrayal of Elton

Honour: The film has already been praised by Cannes Film Festival goers, with critics and attendees taking to Twitter to praise the 'wonderfully acted' biopic, with Taron being singled out for his 'absolutely brilliant' portrayal of Elton

Sweet: The film has already been praised by Cannes Film Festival goers, with critics and attendees taking to Twitter to praise the ‘wonderfully acted’ biopic, with Taron being singled out for his ‘absolutely brilliant’ portrayal of Elton

Hugging it out: The singing duo ended their performance with a sweet hug after receiving a standing ovation

Hugging it out: The singing duo ended their performance with a sweet hug after receiving a standing ovation

Taking the lead: Elton showcased his musical prowess on the piano while Taron hit the high notes on the mic

Taking the lead: Elton showcased his musical prowess on the piano while Taron hit the high notes on the mic

Belting it out: Taron flaunted his powerhouse voice which Elton said he first noticed after watching the film Sing which Taron featured in

Belting it out: Taron flaunted his powerhouse voice which Elton said he first noticed after watching the film Sing which Taron featured in

Special moment: Almost all the members of the audience in the first few rows appeared to be filming the performance

Special moment: Almost all the members of the audience in the first few rows appeared to be filming the performance

'Blown away': While in another video shared on social media, director Dexter Fletcher, admitted they were 'blown away' by the crowd's reaction

‘Blown away’: While in another video shared on social media, director Dexter Fletcher, admitted they were ‘blown away’ by the crowd’s reaction 

Emotional: With the I'm Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage

Emotional: With the I'm Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage

Emotional: With the I’m Still Standing hitmaker playing the piano and the Kingsman: The Secret Service star taking the lead on the microphone, the duo appeared in their element as they later sweetly hugged each other on stage

Praised: The director said: 'Thank you for being an amazing audience, this is a big honour and thrill for us, we are all blown away by your fantastic reception and response, we love you, so thank you!'

Praised: The director said: ‘Thank you for being an amazing audience, this is a big honour and thrill for us, we are all blown away by your fantastic reception and response, we love you, so thank you!’

Amazing: Elton and Taron pictured together during their emotional duet of Rocket Man

Amazing: Elton and Taron pictured together during their emotional duet of Rocket Man  

Racy: Taylor Hill left little to the imagination as she lead the glamour at the Rocketman premiere after party during Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening

Statuesque: She teamed the dress with a pair of simple ivory barely-there heels, which offered her already statuesque frame some added inches

Racy: Taylor Hill left little to the imagination as she lead the glamour at the Rocketman premiere after party during Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening

Guests of honour! Elton arrived at the after-party with his husband David Furnish

Guests of honour! Elton arrived at the after-party with his husband David Furnish

Playful: Elton and Taron have made no secret of their close friendship which has developed during the filming process for the biopic, and their bond was clear to see as they joked around together at the screening earlier in the evening

Playful: Elton and Taron have made no secret of their close friendship which has developed during the filming process for the biopic, and their bond was clear to see as they joked around together at the screening earlier in the evening

Playful: Elton and Taron have made no secret of their close friendship which has developed during the filming process for the biopic, and their bond was clear to see as they joked around together at the screening earlier in the evening

Red carpet: Jokingly showing further devotion to the musical icon, Taron got down to tie Elton's shoe laces, much to the amusement of his fellow co-stars

Red carpet: Jokingly showing further devotion to the musical icon, Taron got down to tie Elton’s shoe laces, much to the amusement of his fellow co-stars

Elton and Taron have made no secret of their close friendship which has developed during the filming process for the biopic, and their bond was clear to see as they joked around together at the screening earlier in the evening. 

At one point Taron, 29, stopped proceedings as he bent down to tie Elton’s shoe laces on the red carpet, before taking the singing icon’s hand and planting a sweet kiss on it in a jovial fashion.

The Candle In The Wind hitmaker made sure he paid homage to Rocketman as he wore a themed black suit with a red sequinned rocket on the lapel and the words ‘Rocket Man’ spelled out on his back in silver sequins. 

Firm friends: At one point Taron bent down to tie Elton's shoe laces on the red carpet, before taking his hand and planting a sweet kiss on it as they joked around together at the glitzy premiere

Firm friends: At one point Taron bent down to tie Elton's shoe laces on the red carpet, before taking his hand and planting a sweet kiss on it as they joked around together at the glitzy premiere

Firm friends: At one point Taron bent down to tie Elton’s shoe laces on the red carpet, before taking his hand and planting a sweet kiss on it as they joked around together at the glitzy premiere

All smiles! The group appeared in high spirits as they walked the red carpet together in dapper suits and tuxedos

All smiles! The group appeared in high spirits as they walked the red carpet together in dapper suits and tuxedos

Arrivals: Eva Longoria stunned in a bejewelled sequined gown as she led the star-studded glamour alongside Bella Hadid at the premiere for the high-profile film

Arrivals: Eva Longoria stunned in a bejewelled sequined gown as she led the star-studded glamour alongside Bella Hadid at the premiere for the high-profile film

Arrivals: Eva Longoria stunned in a bejewelled sequined gown as she led the star-studded glamour alongside Bella Hadid at the premiere for the high-profile film

Leading line-up: Elton's filmmaker husband, David Furnish, who has been heavily involved in the production, also walked the red carpet with the trio who were joined by Bryce, Bernie and Kit

Leading line-up: Elton’s filmmaker husband, David Furnish, who has been heavily involved in the production, also walked the red carpet with the trio who were joined by Bryce, Bernie and Kit

Finishing his look, he wore a crisp white shirt, with two diamond pendants on the neckline, and a pair of his signature sunglasses which were orange hearts with a black diamond outline.  

Elton’s filmmaker husband, David Furnish, who has been heavily involved in the production, also walked the red carpet with the trio.

Taron mirrored Elton’s flamboyant style at the screening, opting to wear a grey velvet tuxedo with black trousers, a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie.

Clearly taking inspiration from his character and Elton himself, the English-born Welsh actor, 29, added a pair of orange sunglasses to his look.

Icon: Elton, posing alongside his husband David Furnish, proudly sported his Rocketman blazer for the premiere

Icon: Elton, posing alongside his husband David Furnish, proudly sported his Rocketman blazer for the premiere 

He's a Rocketman! The Candle In The Wind hitmaker made sure he paid homage to Rocketman as he wore a themed black suit with a red sequinned rocket on the lapel and the words 'Rocket Man' spelled out on his back in silver sequins

He's a Rocketman! The Candle In The Wind hitmaker made sure he paid homage to Rocketman as he wore a themed black suit with a red sequinned rocket on the lapel and the words 'Rocket Man' spelled out on his back in silver sequins

He’s a Rocketman! The Candle In The Wind hitmaker made sure he paid homage to Rocketman as he wore a themed black suit with a red sequinned rocket on the lapel and the words ‘Rocket Man’ spelled out on his back in silver sequins

Wait a sec! Taron stopped the proceedings as he rushed to help Elton tie his shoelace

Wait a sec! Taron stopped the proceedings as he rushed to help Elton tie his shoelace

Richard wore an equally dapper outfit as he commanded attention on the red carpet in a white tuxedo with black trousers, a white shirt and a black bow tie.

While Elton’s husband, David, 56, opted for a classic black tuxedo which he accessorised with an oversized silver diamond brooch on the right lapel.

Adding a further touch of glamour to the red carpet in an eye-catching red and black geometric print dress was Bryce Dallas Howard, 38, who plays Elton’s beloved late mother, Sheila Farebrother.

No bother! Taron proved that he wasn't above getting his hands dirty before offering the crowds a cheeky grin

No bother! Taron proved that he wasn't above getting his hands dirty before offering the crowds a cheeky grin

 No bother! Taron proved that he wasn’t above getting his hands dirty before offering the crowds a cheeky grin

What! Elton appeared to have been left very shocked by a something at the event

What! Elton appeared to have been left very shocked by a something at the event

Also walking the red carpet with the group was smartly dressed British actor Kit Connor, 15, who plays Elton during his younger years in the depiction of his awe-inspiring life. 

Earlier in the day, Elton, and Taron larked around while dressed in flamboyant suits and glasses at the Rocketman photocall, alongside The Bodyguard star, Richard Madden, 32. 

The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years and is produced by both Elton and his husband David Furnish, 56. 

Proud moment: Elton's blazer also featured a red rocket emblazoned on the front and he added further colour to his look with heart-shaped shades

Proud moment: Elton’s blazer also featured a red rocket emblazoned on the front and he added further colour to his look with heart-shaped shades

Dapper: Taron cut a suave figure on the red carpet with a metallic style blazer

Dapper: He paired with a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie

Dapper: Taron cut a suave figure on the red carpet with a metallic style blazer which he paired with a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie

Pals: In keeping with Elton's style, Taron also wore a pair of shades to the event where he chatted with Elton and his husband David

Pals: In keeping with Elton’s style, Taron also wore a pair of shades to the event where he chatted with Elton and his husband David 

Elton wore a sea blue Gucci suit which had the word ‘Rocketman’ embroidered on the pocket. He teamed it with Gucci trainers and of course, a pair of glasses in the exact same hue. 

He threw his arms around Taron, who wore an equally stunning suit, which had flecks of the same shade of blue within the pattern. He wore Spitfire glasses by Lunetterie Générale, which retail for £470.

Richard plays Elton’s manager John Reid in the movie. They first met at a Motown Christmas party, moved in with one another and became lovers. 

Story: The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton's breakthrough years

Story: The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton’s breakthrough years

Co-stars: (L-R) Kit Connor, David, Elton, Taron, director Dexter Fletcher and Richard all grouped together as they made their way down the red carpet

Co-stars: (L-R) Kit Connor, David, Elton, Taron, director Dexter Fletcher and Richard all grouped together as they made their way down the red carpet 

Their romance ended after five years, but John remained Elton’s manager until 1998.   

Bryce plays Elton’s beloved late mother, Sheila Farebrother and she told Collider last year: ‘First and foremost, the fact that Elton is involved and his husband, David Furnish, is everything.

‘I loved getting to learn about him, and to immerse myself in his world and his music. It’s a classic musical. It’s so, so fun and transportative and wild. I’m just thrilled to be a part of it. It’s really exciting.’

Shining star: The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years (Taron as Elton from a film still)

Shining star: The movie is a musical about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years (Taron as Elton from a film still)

Spot the difference: The actor looks remarkably similar to the music icon (right in 1976) in the upcoming movie

In the past: Elton showing off his unique sense of style in a similar look in 1976

Spot the difference: The actor looks remarkably similar to the music icon (right in 1976) in the upcoming movie 

David and Elton have been a power couple for more than 25 years. They entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and after the legalisation of gay marriage in 2014, the pair retroactively converted their civil partnership to a marriage. 

They are parents to sons Zachary, eight, and Elijah, six and Elton previously told The Sun: ‘It’s fantastic being a dad. Ten years ago if you’d have told me that, I’d have said you’re crazy. 

‘That’s it, [though]. I mean we’re too old to have anymore. If we were 20 years, 15 years younger, we’d have probably had another one at least. But with the boys we’ve got enough on our hands.’ 

Meanwhile, there was a surprise appearance from Bernie Taupin, 68, at the photocall, the Lincoln-born writer behind some of Elton’s biggest hits, such as Your Song, Rocketman, Candle In The Wind and Levon. 

Even though Bernie and Elton, real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight were close in age at the time of their first meeting, 17-year-old Taupin was in awe of John. 

Style icon! Taron mirrored Elton's flamboyant style at the screening, opting to wear a grey velvet tuxedo with black trousers, a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie

Style icon! Taron mirrored Elton’s flamboyant style at the screening, opting to wear a grey velvet tuxedo with black trousers, a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie

Beaming: Clearly taking inspiration from his character and Elton himself, the English-born Welsh actor, 29, added a pair of orange sunglasses to his look

Beaming: Clearly taking inspiration from his character and Elton himself, the English-born Welsh actor, 29, added a pair of orange sunglasses to his look

Special: Elton and his beloved mother Sheila, who is played by Dallas Howard, when he received his Knighthood in 1998 (left) - she passed away in December 2017 - and the musician with his former lover and manager John Reid, played by Madden pictured together in 1991 (right)

Ex lover: Elton and John were in a relationship for five years - he remained his manager until 1998

Special: Elton and his beloved mother Sheila, who is played by Dallas Howard, when he received his Knighthood in 1998 (left) – she passed away in December 2017 – and the musician with his former lover and manager John Reid, played by Madden pictured together in 1991 (right) 

He once told the Daily Mail: ‘I was the quintessential country bumpkin and he was sophisticated. He lived in London and played in clubs! So, he looked out for me. He was like a big brother.’ 

After the photocall, Elton shared a picture of himself and Bernie from the day and wrote: ‘The brother I never had… Love you Bernie,’ alongside two love heart emojis.  

It’s been rumoured that Elton could perform at the movie’s premiere’s afterparty, where he performed shot the video to I’m Still Standing back in 1983.   

According to Deadline, a stage is being built on the beach, leading to speculation that Taron and Elton could perform a duet together. Paramount provided no comment to the site.  

Elton has previously spoken about how thrilled he is that Taron has decided to take on the role as him. 

Speaking on Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio, Elton gushed over Taron’s ‘brilliant’ execution of his much loved tracks. 

He said: ‘For those of you who don’t know, in Rocketman I don’t sing anything. Taron has recorded, re-recorded, all the songs that are in the movie, and sings them quite brilliantly.’  

Elton then asked the Kingsman: The Secret Service star: ‘Did you find it difficult to sing them?’

To which Taron replied: ‘I think I would have found it harder if it wasn’t for the fact that you were so encouraging.

‘I think that was a big part of what was an enabler and facilitated me to feel kind of relaxed enough to do them in the way that we have, and, of course, Giles Martin, who produced them, who is just the most incredible man, who I didn’t know before this process. I know you did. I owe a lot of it to him, I think.’ 

Over here! Richard waved to the crowds as he stood between his co-stars Kit and Taron

Over here! Richard waved to the crowds as he stood between his co-stars Kit and Taron

Co-producer: Elton co-produced the movie with his husband David Furnish - it was directed by Dexter Fletcher

Co-producer: Elton co-produced the movie with his husband David Furnish – it was directed by Dexter Fletcher

Flying solo: The Baywatch actress, who married husband Nick Jonas in December last year, appeared to be flying solo at the event while her beau continues to promote new music with his band The Jonas Brothers

Flying solo: The Baywatch actress, who married husband Nick Jonas in December last year, appeared to be flying solo at the event while her beau continues to promote new music with his band The Jonas Brothers

Flying solo: The Baywatch actress, who married husband Nick Jonas in December last year, appeared to be flying solo at the event while her beau continues to promote new music with his band The Jonas Brothers

Back! A stage has been erected on the beach, leading to rumours that Elton will perform there after the show's premiere on Thursday night - he famously filmed his 1983 music video for I'm Still Standing at the same spot (pictured)

Back! A stage has been erected on the beach, leading to rumours that Elton will perform there after the show’s premiere on Thursday night – he famously filmed his 1983 music video for I’m Still Standing at the same spot (pictured) 

Va va voom: Elton famously drove along the beach front in the popular track and so it's no doubt a special place for him

Va va voom: Elton famously drove along the beach front in the popular track and so it’s no doubt a special place for him 

The I’m Still Standing singer also brought up the recent Freddie Mercury biopic in which Rami Malek portrayed the music legend.

Stating the difference between the two leading men, he said: ‘It’s not Bohemian Rhapsody where the brilliant Rami Malek, who played Freddie, lip synced.

Exciting: Rocketman hits UK cinemas on May 22 2019

Exciting: Rocketman hits UK cinemas on May 22 2019

‘You’re actually doing the whole thing. I can’t congratulate you enough.’

While Taron further highlighted the contrast between the films, adding: ‘Our film is different from Bohemian Rhapsody in the sense that we sing some of yours and Bernie’s songs, not only as performance pieces but as legitimate pieces of musical theatre.

‘I know you were always very keen on this idea of a fantasy. That’s what our movie is. It’s a musical fantasy.’

Meanwhile, Elton pin-pointed the moment he realised that Taron was the right person to portray him.

The star recalled how he knew the Robin Hood star could sing when he heard Taron’s rendition of I’m Still Standing in the 2016 animated film Sing, in which he played gorilla Johnny.

He said: ‘I didn’t get involved in any of it. I just let you go ahead … I knew you could sing because I heard ‘I’m Still Standing,’ which you did in the film ‘Sing’.

‘You’ve redone that in this film, so I think you should do an album of ten different versions of I’m Still Standing.’ 

For the film, Swarovski collaborated with BAFTA-nominated costume designer Julian Day, incorporating more than one million Swarovski crystals into his designs to illuminate Elton’s extravagant style. 

Shine bright: The shimmering Dodgers Costume worn in the film by Egerton was created using 140,000 Swarovski crystals to be even more dazzling than the original and was created by Julian Day

Shine bright: The shimmering Dodgers Costume worn in the film by Egerton was created using 140,000 Swarovski crystals to be even more dazzling than the original and was created by Julian Day

A flamboyant display: Rocketman's official trailer gave fans a glimpse at the true fantasy's stunning costumes, sprawling musical numbers and Taron's singing - this devil costume was adorned with over 60k hand-embellished crystals

A flamboyant display: Rocketman’s official trailer gave fans a glimpse at the true fantasy’s stunning costumes, sprawling musical numbers and Taron’s singing – this devil costume was adorned with over 60k hand-embellished crystals 

The famous Dodgers costume – a fully-crystallized baseball kit – is a stunning reimagining of the iconic costume worn by Elton to perform at his legendary Dodger Stadium concerts in Los Angeles in 1975.

The shimmering design worn in the film by Egerton was created using 140,000 Swarovski crystals to be even more dazzling than the original.

The dramatic Devil costume was designed for a moment when Elton feels unloved, so Day surrounded him with love in the form of a fiery-red jumpsuit with heart-shaped wings. 

The costume blazes with bespoke crystal flames, a headdress and sunglasses all glowing with over 60,000 hand-embellished Swarovski crystals.

Glam: Julianne Moore was in keeping with the glitzy theme of the evening as she strutted the red carpet in a sequined gown

Glam: Julianne Moore was in keeping with the glitzy theme of the evening as she strutted the red carpet in a sequined gown

Glam: Julianne Moore was in keeping with the glitzy theme of the evening as she strutted the red carpet in a sequined gown

Julian Day commented: ‘I’ve used Swarovski crystals on numerous films and they are very much part of the idea of showmanship. 

‘What they do is elevate and exaggerate an outfit – let’s say my designs are 110%, Swarovski crystals make them 150%. 

‘Wherever we could find a place for a crystal in this film, we put it there – Swarovski and Rocketman is a perfect partnership.’ 

Thoughtful: Taron appeared to take a moment of reflection after watching Rocketman at the premiere

Thoughtful: Taron appeared to take a moment of reflection after watching Rocketman at the premiere

Hand-in-hand! Elton and David left the screening hand-in-hand after watching the film

Hand-in-hand! Elton and David left the screening hand-in-hand after watching the film

Elton recently touched upon the fact that he feels like it is time is right to stop performing after almost 50 years on and off the road, with his first tour beginning in 1970 to promote his second album, Elton John. 

He told The Sun: ‘I’ve been travelling in the back of a van since I was 15, it’s the life of a gypsy. But I’ve got other things to do. I just don’t want to be performing all my life.’ 

Rocketman hits UK cinemas on May 22 2019.

Touched: Elton recently touched upon the fact that he feels like it is time is right to stop performing after almost 50 years on and off the road, with his first tour beginning in 1970 to promote his second album, Elton John

Touched: Elton recently touched upon the fact that he feels like it is time is right to stop performing after almost 50 years on and off the road, with his first tour beginning in 1970 to promote his second album, Elton John

He told The Sun: 'I've been travelling in the back of a van since I was 15, it's the life of a gypsy. But I've got other things to do. I just don't want to be performing all my life

He told The Sun: ‘I’ve been travelling in the back of a van since I was 15, it’s the life of a gypsy. But I’ve got other things to do. I just don’t want to be performing all my life

Brooding: Sara flashed the cameras a sultry glare, her dark mane piled up high and styled with a sleek side-parting

Brooding: Sara flashed the cameras a sultry glare, her dark mane piled up high and styled with a sleek side-parting

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