Fresh off his role portraying Elton John in the hit biopic, Rocketman, Rolling Stone reported actor Taron Egerton will read the audiobook of Elton's upcoming memoir, titled Me. The autobiography, which was co-written by with music journalist Alexis Petridis, will be published on October 15th.
In the press release for the 13-hour audiobook — which will include passages by Elton himself — Egerton explained: “Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable; I have never met anyone like him. I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience. I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
Like Rocketman, the upcoming memoir will touch upon Elton's complex relationship with his parents. Back on February 6th, 1976 Elton John appeared on the BBC talk show Parkinson and recalled his father's disapproval of him pursuing a life in show business: “He hated me going into pop music. I got. . . Y'know, he wrote me a letter when I was 16 saying, “I think, y'know, you're an idiot and you're better off in Barclays bank, because this thing you're doing is absolutely stupid and you're going to turn out to be a wide boy (a.k.a. a wheeler-dealer)' — Well, I was already about 16 stone (224 lbs), so I was a 'wide boy,' already (laughter) so. . . ”
Elton John will next perform on September 4th at Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena.