Elton John is having a reality-show moment what with costumes from the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” becoming the centerpiece of the most recent episode of “Project Runway” and with the music legend’s songs being performed by the final five contestants on “American Idol’s” penultimate show of its 17th season this Sunday before the three-hour finale airs on May 19. The film that will premiere on May 16 at the Cannes film festival before opening nationwide on May 31 is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over “Bohemian Rhapsody last year after its original helmer Bryan Singer was fired.
Given the success of the tune-filled tale of Freddie Mercury‘s rise as the front man for Queen, both at the box office and at last year’s Academy Awards where it took home four trophies (including Best Actor for star Rami Malek), this musical outing could join the 2020 race. This time out, it is Taron Egerton (see above) who is stepping into John’s platform shoes. One major difference is, unlike Malek, the headliner of the “Kingsman” franchise is handling the vocal duties all by himself as the film covers the “Crocodile” rocker’s ascent in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
But “Rocketman” might have to cool its jets a bit now that another musical biopic, “Judy,” has just dropped a fabulous one-minute teaser trailer. It stars Renee Zellweger (see above) — who knows a thing or two about carrying a tune after being Oscar-nominated for her role as murderous chorine Roxie Hart in 2002’s “Chicago” — as Judy Garland in her later years, just before she died at age 47 from a barbiturate overdose in 1969.
It shows the star from “The Wizard of Oz” arriving in London in the winter of 1968 for a five-week run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub as she battles her management and reveals her ties with musicians and her devoted fans. Given its opening date of Sept. 27, right as awards season is heating up, Zellweger — who hasn’t had a major role since the 2016 sequel, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” — could be in the running for a lead Oscar to go along with her supporting actress Academy Award for 2003’s “Cold Mountain.” Perhaps all the hoopla from last year’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” caused fans of Lady Gaga‘s performance to check out Garland’s 1954 version of the showbiz saga, the source of the singer’s first Oscar nomination.
Elton John and Judy Garland at least have one thing in common. Both are gay icons who have struggled with addiction and whose music continues to endure. Take the poll below and tell us which movie you are most likely to see and use the comment section to pick which title is more likely to join the Oscar conversation.