In the great shuffle of movie releases on the yearly calendar, it's inevitable that some things get a little lost in the fog. Blockbusters tend to get the biggest marketing pushes, sequels and franchises naturally take up the most attention and then it's a matter of everything else fighting for scraps. That's why the few indie darling movies that manage to break through into mainstream attention are held up as incredible, zeitgeist-busting rogue warriors.
The reality is that there is an incredible number of great things to watch every year and way too many of them don't get the attention they deserve, even AFTER their trailers are released. But if you go looking at the forthcoming slate of releases, there are some that should legitimately get you very, very excited. A whole lot more excited than you might already be for them, anyway...
Right off the back of replacing Bryan Singer as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, Dexter Fletcher has been given the auspicious honour of also making Elton John's biopic, currently called Rocketman. Taron Egerton - whose already played real-life figure Eddie The Eagle Edwards, will be playing the pop music legend opposite Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Game Of Thrones' Richard Madden.
Like Freddie Mercury's story, Elton John's is an important one to tell, given his fame (and infamy, to a certain extent), and while Egerton isn't as big a draw as Justin Timberlake, who was initially intended for the role, he's still great.
Even more excitingly, Egerton says the film will be a fantasy musical rather than just a straight biopic, which is all types of great. Particularly as John's music lends itself so well to such an interpretation.
Release: May 17, 2019