The Kingsman actor will star as the famed singer-songwriter, from his days at the Royal Academy of Music to his rise on the rock ‘n’ roll scene of the 1970s and ’80s and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the ’90s to international superstardom.
Bell would play Bernie Taupin, the longtime songwriting partner of John who penned the lyrics of such classic tunes as “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Rocket Man.”
Dexter Fletcher, who worked with Egerton on Eddie the Eagle, is set to helm the biopic, which is being financed and distributed by Paramount.
John and his husband David Furnish are producing Rocketman under their Rocket Pictures banner, along with Matthew Vaughn, who directed John (playing a heightened version of himself) in the Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle, and his Marv Films.
Bell recently starred opposite Annette Bening in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.