An Elton John biopic, Rocketman, is on the way, chronicling the life of the iconic singer/songwriter from his days as a young boy in England, through his illustrious career, and to the height of his fame in the 1970s. Welsh actor Taron Egerton portrays Sir Elton John in the upcoming film, which is slated for release in theaters worldwide on May 31st, 2019. The film also stars Jamie BellRichard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard, was directed by Dexter Fletcher, and written by Lee Hall.

Recently, Elton John offered up a brief performance during the biopic’s premiere at the Cannes gala party for the film. None other than Taron Egerton surprised the crowd and hopped on stage, as the two performers worked through a lush rendition of “Rocket Man”, an appropriately fitting number for the evening. John also offered up a performance of his 1982 multi-platinum hit, “I’m Still Standing”.

According to Rolling Stone, John told the crowd, “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.”

Watch Elton John and Taron Egerton’s “Rocket Man” performance below:

Elton John & Taron Egerton – “Rocket Man”  

[Video: Paramount Pictures]

Earlier in 2018, the prolific musician announced that he will retire from touring with an extensive 300-date tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” The massive global farewell tour will likely span through to 2021, John reported on Anderson Cooper. At 70 years old, John explained his reasoning behind his farewell, noting, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”

Though the tour is likely to continue for years, John noted that once the tour is over, he’ll be done for good. As John explained, “I’m not going to say I’m retiring and then do a world tour. I’m not Cher.”

For ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to Elton John’s website.

[H/T Rolling Stone]