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Taron Egerton confirms Little Shop of Horrors remake isn’t happening: ‘it just fizzled out’

"Who knows if it will come back"

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki Commons

Rocket Man star, Taron Egerton, has sadly confirmed that the remake of the cult-classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors, has been cancelled. 

The film, which was due to feature America’s Ass (Chris Evans) and Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, has reportedly been shelved in part due to delays brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“I just don’t get it. There was so much goodwill around it but it just fizzled out. Who knows if it will come back, but I can’t help but feel that it just might not,” the Kingsman star tells The Mirror.

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He adds, “I love when Chris Evans talks about it because he’s keeping the hope alive, keeping that candle burning, but at the moment, my understanding is it’s completely dormant.”

Taron was set to play the role of the florist Seymour, iconically played by Rick Moranis in the original 1986 film. Taron says it’s a role “where I feel like I could genuinely do something with it a bit different.

“I think it is worthy of a reboot,” he continues. “Some reboots are cynical but some are inspired… I wish it would come back around but it’s out of my hands, unfortunately.”

It is a shame that we won’t get to hear the vocal stylings of Egerton as well as that of Evans or Johansson any time soon. At least we have Rocket Man!

The Welshman recently revealed he has met with execs at Marvel about the idea of him taking up the adamantium claws of the X-Man, Wolverine. Of course, that role has been made famous on-screen thanks to Hugh Jackman, Taron’s Eddie the Eagle co-star.

Taron told the New York Times in July, “I’d be excited but I’d be apprehensive as well because Hugh [Jackman] is so associated with the role that I’d wonder if it’d be very difficult for someone else to do it.

“But,” he adds, “hopefully if it does come around, they’ll give me a shot.”

As well as a nice passing of the mantle story, Taron getting the role would also satisfy a lot of the actor’s fans and fans of the Marvel Universe, who have been fan-casting the Welshman as the iconic hero for quite some time. 

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