Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ hires director Michael Gracey

Elton has previously revealed that he wants Justin Timberlake to play him in the film

Rocketman, the Elton John biopic written by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, now has a director.

The musical film, which will follow the singer’s journey from childhood piano prodigy to global superstar, will be directed by Michael Gracey. Gracey is best known for directing a series of US TV adverts with impressive dance sequences. He is also set to helm a Jim Henson biopic called The Muppet Man.

The director told Deadline: “Everyone knows and loves Elton John’s music, but the true story of his life is so incredible that it can only be described as a fantasy. His journey from impossible dreamer to stardom and uncontrollable excess is something only a musical film can capture, and I’m so excited to be the one to tell his story.”

Rocketman is being made by Elton John’s film company Rocket Pictures, whose biggest hit to date is 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, a computer-animated children’s film that grossed over $190 million (£125 million) worldwide. The singer will serve as an executive producer on the biopic.

The search to find a child Elton is underway, Deadline reports, but obviously an adult Elton will be needed too. Elton John has previously revealed that Justin Timberlake is “Number One” on his wish list after the singer played him in the video for John’s 2002 single ‘This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore’. Scroll down and click play to watch Timberlake as Elton in the video.