UPDATED with “I’m Still Standing” video, Elton John and Bernie Taupin reaction: As Deadline exclusively reported this morning, no shocker here: Elton John and Rocketman star Taron Egerton performed a duet of the Paramount film’s iconic title song together at the film’s world premiere after-party at the Carlton Beach in Cannes. The duet was rumored for months, but there had been some some buzz it wouldn’t happen due to John’s touring schedule and possible security issues (all was calm tonight, natch).
Egerton and John confirmed Deadline’s initial report on Good Morning America this morning.
Check out the performance above.
Before Egerton joined John, the latter 300 million album-selling artist launched into “I’m Still Standing,” the 1982 multi-platinum song for which he shot the music video some 37 years ago literally on the Carlton Beach where he was tonight, as well as across the street at the Carlton Hotel Intercontinental.
Here’s our video for “I’m Still Standing”:
After singing “I’m Still Standing” and bringing Egerton to the stage, John told attendees at the after-party “This has been a very emotional night for me — Even if the movie doesn’t make one penny at the box office, which will kill Jim Gianopulos, it is the movie I wanted to make.”
Pete Hammond filed his man-on-the-town report with more, but it was a very emotional Cannes premiere with huge cheers following big musical numbers like “Your Song” and “I’m Still Standing” in the film and a seven-minute standing ovation at the end after the credits rolled with an tearful John hugging a row and half of the pic’s guests including David Geffen, Dexter Fletcher, Bryce Dallas Howard and more.
Later, Paramount released a video of John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell in the movie) reacting to seeing it for the first time:
Rocketman opens May 31.