Taron Egerton plays Elton John while Richard Madden plays the singers manager John Reid (Photo: Marv Studios)

The director of Rocketman has hit back at rumours the a nude scene has been cut from the Elton John biopic to ensure it has a lower age rating.

Dexter Fletcher said the film had not yet been completed, although insisted the finished product would be the no holds barred production it was always billed as.

He wrote on Twitter: Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!! Thats good! Its still unfinished so its nothing but rumours.

It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24.

Taron Egerton as Rocketman Elton John

Taron lends his actual singing voice to the film (Photo: Marv Studios)

Dexters comments come after rumours Paramount Pictures requested he cut a 40-second scene in which Elton – played by Taron Egerton – and manager John Reid – portrayed by Richard Madden – are lying together naked on a bed.



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The edit was in the hopes Rocketman could achieve the American PG-13 rating, which is similar to the British 12A.

A source who worked on the biopic told the Daily Mail: Two guys have a naked cuddle to express their love for each other and that will be reduced to a fully dressed warm hello.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton perform onstage during the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb and Neuro Drinks celebrating EJAF and the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for EJAF)

Taron and Elton sang together at the AIDS Foundation Awards Viewing Party last month (Photo: Getty)

The world knows Eltons gay its no secret.

The publication also claimed that Elton himself was keep for his wild life and career to be portrayed accurately on the big screen, insisting film-makers tell it all, go as G-rated as you need to.

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Rocketman tells the story of Elton during his rise to superstardom.

The film is scheduled for release on 24 May and follows his journey through the years from an immensely talented piano player, Reginald Dwight, to the Elton John we know and love today.

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