Elton John is currently working on a biopic based on his over-the-top life, and he even knows who he’d want to play him in the flick, should it all pan out. In an interview with the L.A. Times, the singer opened up about hoping to cast pop star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake.
“We have a director on board, and then it’s just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it. Lee Hall has written a script — he wrote ’Billy Elliot’ — and then we’ll start trying to cast and plan,” he explained in the interview.
“I’ve got a wish list of people. #1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake,” John said, saying Timberlake’s portrayal of him in the 2001 music video for “This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore” was “superb.”
With some big decisions still up in the air, John does confirm that plans for the plot and story are a bit more solid. “That would be a jukebox musical in earnest, maybe with a couple of new songs,” he explained. “You never know. Because it’s going to be a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a ’Moulin Rouge!’ I just don’t want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn’t been like that. And it only goes up to when I go into rehab in 1990. It starts with me going into rehab and ends when I come out.”
John admitted that he had attempted to get the director of “Moulin Rouge!” for his own film. “We tried to get Baz [Luhrmann], but Baz is so busy,” he said of the “Great Gatsby” director. “We can’t announce it yet, but we have got someone on board that we’re very excited about.”
The movie would mean that fans would get to see Timberlake sing again. Since heading to Hollywood, the singer hasn’t done much of it, but has continued to rack up more and more acting gigs and even recently took a job at MySpace .
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