Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Young Elton actor needed for film

Casting directors are looking for a child actor to play the young Elton John
Casting directors are looking for a child actor to play the young Elton John

Casting bosses are searching the UK for a child to play a young Sir Elton John in the upcoming movie about the star.

A musical movie about the Candle In The Wind singer is in the pipeline and The Sun reports that producers are now looking for a boy aged between six and ten to portray Elton as a child, when he was known as Reggie Dwight.

The casting note says: "Reggie is a shy boy from Pinner, London, whose life is transformed when he is first put in front of the piano as a five-year-old. His immense talent leads him to the Royal Academy of Music and later, as he pushes his awkward, insecure, younger self to one side, to a desire to be a rock 'n' roll legend as he renames himself Elton John."

The biopic is named Rocketman, and will follow the singer's journey from childhood piano prodigy to global superstar.

It is said to be a "fantasy-inspired retelling of Elton's story where reality is skewed by an excess world and choreographed musical sequences".

Last month it was reported that Michael Gracey was on board to direct.

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