A few months ago Elton John announced that he would be producing a musical fantasy biopic about his life and career called Rocketman. The script is being be written by Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall, and John would love to have Justin Timberlake play him in the movie. He revealed this little tidbit of information during an interview with The LA Times.
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.
I think Timberlake is a solid actor, and would be a solid choice to take on the role of Elton John. John went on to say that they also have a director on board and that they will be making an announcement soon. They are looking for a fun and inventive way to cover John's life in the film. One of the ideas they have looked at is to feature choreographed sequences using John’s biggest hit songs, and the story will cover the rough spots in John’s journey of self-discovery. He then offered up some information on the film and what he is looking to do with it...
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."
In a previous interview one of the films producers, Steve Hamilton Shaw, went on to say in a statement that,
Rocketman will be a radically different kind of biopic. It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician and man.
What are your thoughts on this biopic, and the possibility of Timberlake playing Elton John in it? Here's the David LaChapelle music video that Timberlake played Elton John in to give you a visual aid.