Actor Taron Egerton posted a photographic tribute to Elton John on the singerâ€™s 72nd birthday, but it was the actorâ€™s Instagram followers who felt they had been given a birthday present.
Egerton will portray theÂ Your Song musician in the upcoming biopicÂ Rocketman, directed by British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher.
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In recognition of the music legendâ€™s birthday, the 29-year-old actor shared a picture of himself in character as Elton, with the iconic glasses and a pair of gold hot pants, as well as a matching gold jacket.
He wrote: â€œHappy Birthday, Elton John. You are just about the most extraordinary person Iâ€™ve ever met. In honour of your birthday, hereâ€™s a photo of me (as you) in some hot pants.â€
Itâ€™s fair to say the image gave Egertonâ€™s fans an eyeful, with one user commenting that â€œthick thighs save livesâ€ and another saying â€œthis is a crime against my ovariesâ€.
British actress Amber Doig-thorne wrote: â€œA man should not look that good in hot pants.â€
An excited fan said they were rendered â€œspeechlessâ€ by the picture, while another joked the star was wearing â€œnice socksâ€.
Rocketman will depict Elton Johnâ€™s early musical training, as well as his rise to stardom in the 1970s, with Egerton singing many of the artistâ€™s most memorable hits.
The filmâ€™s tagline states that it is â€œbased on a true fantasyâ€ and the cast have said that the movie is more of a musical than it is a traditional biopic.
Egerton previously performedÂ Iâ€™m Still StandingÂ on the big screen in the animated musicalÂ Sing, in which he played young gorilla Johnny.
Rocketman will be released into UK cinemas on 24 May.