Sir Elton John’s biopic 'Rocketman' to be first studio film with gay sex scenes

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 May 2019, 11:41 AM
Elton John’s biopic Rocketman makes history (Photo: Instagram)
Elton John’s biopic Rocketman makes history (Photo: Instagram)

Sir Elton John's biopic Rocketman which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night is en route to becoming one of the groundbreakingly movies in regards to the LGBT community. The biopic will be the first film made by a major studio to feature a male gay sex scene! The Paramount will feature explicit love-making between Taron Egerton (Elton John) and Bodyguard actor, Richard Madden who plays his lover, the music manager John Reid.

Egerton, 29, told The Hollywood Reporter, "Everyone is obsessed with it. ... For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen.

"I'm not in any way repulsed by the male form. It's an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you're with - it makes no difference as to your sexual preference."

"I've approached it wholeheartedly and I hope that for that reason people accept me [as Elton]. The LGBTQ community has always been about inclusiveness, hasn't it? Not about, 'We're here. You're there.' In fact, if you want to come in, come on in’’ he added, when speaking to VT.

While Rocket isn’t exactly the first time to show gay sex scenes as we have seen in Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger in Luca Guadagnino’s Or Call My by Your Name, they were both released by smaller off-shoots of major studios and given limited releases. Rocketman, on the other hand is aimed at the wider audience and expected to rake in millions at the box office.

Rocketman will be based on the life of singer, pianist and composer Elton John, inarguably one of the best-selling music artists. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman and also stars Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard.

It is due to be released in summer 2019.

 

 

First Published: Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:41 AM
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