22 May 2019, 11:09 | Updated: 22 May 2019, 11:11
Taron plays Elton from his teens in the late 1950s, to his late 30s in the 1980s.
There are plenty of shots in the film where you feel as if you’re looking at Elton circa-1976, and Taron gets his mannerisms perfectly.
Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin)
Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin.
While Bernie Taupin has largely kept out of the limelight in comparison to his long-time songwriting partner, there was still enough to work from for Jamie Bell.
We’re not sure the long hair suits Jamie, but he brilliantly captures Bernie’s calm and dependable persona.
Richard Madden (John Reid)
Richard Madden as John Reid.
Hmm. We reckon they took a heavy dose of poetic licence on this one.
Who is John Reid?
Bryce Dallas Howard (Sheila Dwight)
Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Dwight.
Steven Mackintosh (Stanley Dwight)
Steven Mackintosh as Stanley Dwight.
Tom Bennett (Fred Farebrother)
Tom Bennett as Fred.
Tom Bennett – who stars in the Only Fools and Horses musical – plays Sheila’s second husband Fred.
Again, not much to go on from the time, but Tom plays Fred like a typical cockney geezer of the ’60s.
Stephen Graham (Dick James)
Stephen Graham as Dick James.
Line of Duty star Stephen Graham plays tough music publisher Dick James in the film, and while his performance is excellent, we’re not sure they made much effort to resemble James other than his choice of glasses.
Who was Dick James?
Rachel Muldoon (Kiki Dee)
Rachel Muldoon as Kiki Dee.
She’s not in the movie for long, but their recreation of ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ is a real joy.
Where is Kiki Dee now?
Celinde Schoenmaker (Renate Blauel)
Celinde Schoenmaker as Renate Blauel.
There’s not too much of a resemblance other than the big ’80s hair, but her relatively brief appearance is rather moving.
Who was Elton John’s wife?