Elton John Wants Justin Timberlake For His Biopic
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Golden Globe nominee Elton Jones (for that song in the ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ movie) revealed he has been working on a biopic.
He said that an announcement about it should come shortly,and that No. 1 on his wish list to play young Elton is Justin Timberlake.
He was very impressed by one of his performances: ‘he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of ‘Rocket Man’ and was superb.’
This is a real endorsement from the man himself, how many times does this happen? How many times does the singer choose the person who is gonna play him or her? I know it was the case for Johnny Cash who had totally approved Joaquin Phoenix playing him, but it must be rare.
This is how Elton described the upcoming biopic:
‘That would be a jukebox musical in earnest, maybe with acouple 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.’
Sure, the inevitable rehab episode, a biopic would not be a biopic without one, right?
Lee Hall (who wrote ‘Billy Elliott’,which Elton John helped turn into a musical) is writing the script, but talking about ‘Moulin Rouge’, director Baz Luhrmann was not available, but Elton John said that someone else was on board, someone that he was ‘very excited about’.
Timberlake will be fine, he can sing and he said he wanted to take his acting career seriously, so this is perfect for him, although I barely see any resemblance; anyway he said it would be surrealistic. Other sites have also suggested Ewan McGregor, Neil Patrick Harris, Daniel Radcliff among several others, but outfit-wise, I personally think Cee Lo Green is EltonJohn’s successor, but this is another story.
Meantime, let’s watch Timberlake’s ‘superb’ performance: