Rocketman's Taron Egerton drops out of West End play again following COVID-19 test

He's being replaced by Joel Harper-Jackson until next week.

Rocketman actor Taron Egerton has tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of this week's remaining Cock performances in London.

Winner of a Golden Globe Award in 2020, the actor leads the cast of Mike Bartlett's revived play, but it's been a nightmarish time for him so far after he also collapsed onstage during opening night.

Announcing this latest bump in the road on Instagram yesterday (March 23), the play's official channel wrote: "Taron Egerton has unfortunately tested positive for COVID.

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"In accordance with the production's health & safety protocols, he will now isolate and we expect Taron to return to the show next week. The character of M will be played by Joel Harper-Jackson."

Wishing him well, theatre and movie fans alike flooded the comment section with messages of support.

"Healing vibes for @taron.egerton, thanks for keeping everyone safe! Break a leg @joelharperjacks!", "Get well soon @taron.egerton Sending lots of love to you" and "Everything will be alright, take care @taron.egerton. We love you endlessly," read three of them.

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Elsewhere on the Egerton front, his Tetris movie directed by Jon S Baird (Filth) will be dropping on streaming service Apple TV+ later this year.

He's onboard as real-life video game designer Henk Rogers.


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