Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to star in his biopic

Elton John and Justin Timberlake

An Elton John biopic just makes sense to me.  Of all the stars still performing today, Elton John and maybe Madonna seem to be the two that have interesting enough lives to merit a motion picture biopic.  Apparently, Elton agrees with me, which is why he’s been championing the film ROCKETMAN, which is based on his life.  And of course, Elton has said he wants none other than Justin Timberlake to play him on the big screen.  While speaking to the LA Times, John said:

I’ve got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of “Rocket Man” and was superb.That would be a jukebox musical in earnest, maybe with a couple of new songs. 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.

So…maybe we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.  A straightforward biopic on Elton John is appealing, but trying to do it like MOULIN ROUGE is ripe with pitfalls.  There’s no director yet, but the film was written by Lee Hall, who just wrote the script for WAR HORSE.
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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