"Rocketman" Is Expected To Get An R Rating

The Freddie Mercury biopicBohemian Rhapsodydepicted a sanitized version of the singer’s life, largelyomitting his homosexualityand battle with AIDS. The same won’t be the case for the upcoming Elton John biopic,Rocketman. The film, which is expected to receive an “R” rating, will reportedly include an “intimate love scene” between Taron Egerton, who plays John, and Richard Madden, who plays John’s former manager and lover, John Reid. The superstar's past drug use will also be depicted. The film is not yet finished, and there are continuing discussions between filmmakers and Paramount over the love scene. However, director Dexter Fletcher disputed rumors that the studio is pressuring him to cut it, tweeting, “It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in.”Rocketmanhits theaters for its domestic release on May 31st.

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