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Taron Egerton Addresses 'Straightwashing' Claims Against 'Rocketman'

Taron Egerton is speaking out after it was claimed that his upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman, would straight-wash his life.

The musical fantasy movie depicts Elton‘s relationship with his former manager John Reid (Richard Madden), and includes intimate scenes between the two.

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“He’s a gay icon,” Taron told Empire. “And who are we, as frankly heterosexual filmmakers, to not put that element of his story? How dare we. And that’s not what we did.”

Taron also became the subject of criticism for being a straight actor playing a gay man, and Elton came to his defense in a statement.

Pictured: Taron poses for photographs with director Dexter Fletcher during the press conference and South Korea premiere for Rocketman on Wednesdasy (May 23) in Seoul, South Korea.

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Netflix's 'Dark Crystal' Prequel Series Gets Premiere Date & New Photos

Mark your calendars because Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel series now has a premiere date!

The streaming service announced on Tuesday (May 21) that the 10-episode The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will premiere on August 30.

Along with the announcement comes a series of first-look images, which you can take a look at in our gallery.

Directed by Louis Leterrier, the show’s voice cast is led by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel, as Rian, Brea, and Deet, three Gelfling heroes.

The Gelfling characters are also voiced by Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, and Alicia Vikander.

The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg.

Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball. Additional characters will also be voiced by puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg, and Victor Yerrid as Hup.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all-new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

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Taron Egerton Gets Support from Girlfriend Emily Thomas & Elton John at 'Rocketman' UK Premiere!

Taron Egerton is dapper in a suit while hitting the blue carpet alongside his girlfriend Emily Thomas and his mother at the UK premiere of his film Rocketman held at the Odeon Luxe on Monday (May 20) in London, England.

The 29-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden and Kit Connor, as well as Elton John and his husband David Furnish, and director Dexter Fletcher.

Also in attendance to show their support for the film were Claudia Schiffer, Kelly Osbourne and her beau Jimmy Q, Boy George, Terri Seymour, James Blunt and wife Sofia Wellesley, Elizabeth Hurley, Andy Serkis and his wife Lorraine Ashbourne.

That same day, Taron was spotted making his way out of the BBC Radio 1 studios after promoting Rocketman first thing in the morning.

FYI: Taron and his girlfriend Emily are wearing custom Etro looks. Claudia is wearing Zuhair Murad Couture.

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Elton John Defends Taron Egerton's Role in 'Rocketman'

Elton John is defending Taron Egerton, who portrays him in his upcoming biopic Rocketman.

Taron became the subject of criticism for being a straight actor playing a gay man.

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“That’s all bulls**t, I’m sorry,” Elton told The Sun in response to the critique.

He added, “If people don’t like it, review-wise, or it doesn’t make one dollar, it’s the movie I wanted to make and that’s all that counts. I can look back and say, ‘You know what, I love it. I can live with it.’”

Hear what Taron had to say about the backlash from the LGBTQ community.

Rocketman hits theaters on May 31st.

Taron Egerton Addresses Crying After 'Rocketman' Cannes Premiere: 'I Got A Bit Emotional'

Taron Egerton is all smiles as he sits down alongside his co-star Richard Madden at their press conference for Rocketman held during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on Friday (May 17) in Cannes, France.

The guys were joined at the event by their cast mate Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the film’s director Dexter Fletcher following the Cannes premiere the evening before.

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A video of Taron spotted in the audience crying as screeners rose from their chairs to give him a standing ovation has gone viral, and he made sure to address it during the press conference: “Alright, alright. Let’s stop talking about it,” Taron said about his tearful reaction. “I got a bit emotional. It was one of the best days of my life.”

“We have worked really hard to try and make something that we are all really proud of,” Taron continued. “It’s not your typical biopic. We don’t deal with the songs in a chronological order. There are elements of fantasy. We take some license with the truth, people did not float off the ground at The Troubadour. The response has been so wonderful. For me, personally, thank you so much to everyone that said nice things. You’ve made a young man from Aberystwyth incredibly happy. You’ve made a 72-year-old rock star even more happy. So thank you very much.”

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Taron Egerton Perform 'Rocketman' Song Live with Elton John at Cannes Premiere Party (Video)

Taron Egerton plays the role of Elton John in the new movie Rocketman and even does his own singing for the film.

Fans at the film’s premiere party during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival were given a special treat when the two stars joined forces for a performance on Thursday night (May 16) on the beach in Cannes, France.

Taron and Elton performed a duet of the movie’s title track “Rocketman” and you can check out the video here.

The film hits theaters on May 31.

20+ pictures inside of Taron Egerton and Elton John performing at the party… More Here! »

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