You gotta love Elton John—the music legend is working on a biopic about his own life, though he already warns, “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.” Plus, he’s hit it on the head with casting: He wants Justin Timberlake to play him!
Elton told the LA Times, “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.” He’s not kidding: There’s Justin on the left, rocking Elton’s rose-colored glasses and outrageous outfit. In the intervening time since that video, Justin’s portrayed another bigwig related to the music industry, though on a drastically different plane: Sean Parker, the creator of Napster, in The Social Network last year.
Elton explained that the biopic, written by Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall, will end with his 1990 stint in rehab, or rather, that will be the main focus. “It starts with me going into rehab and ends when I come out,” he clarified. Not to play the Sean Parker card again, but what made Justin’s portrayal so compelling was not the “You know what’s cool? A billion dollars” line from the trailer, but when Sean starts slipping into more frequent partying and cocaine use, and becomes an increasingly unreliable business partner. Considering that Elton has also battled cocaine addiction, it seems a keen choice to have JT play the more slippery side of fame.
So now that we’re waiting on Justin to see if he’ll take the role, let’s think about other casting. Namely, the godmother of Elton’s child, Lady Gaga; our list of potential actresses for the performer’s Lifetime biopic comes in pretty handy right about now.