Elton John: ‘I want Justin Timberlake to play me in biopic’

The rocket man says Timberlake is his 'number one' choice to portray him

Elton John has revealed that he wants Justin Timberlake to play him in a biopic of his life.

In an interview with the LA Times, the singer confirmed that his Rocketman project with Billy Elliot author Lee Hall was still “very much in the works”, and said that Timberlake was his “number one” choice to portray him on the big screen.

“We’re making an announcement about that very, very soon,” said John when asked about the film. “We have a director on board, and then it’s just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it. Lee Hall has written a script – he wrote Billy Elliot – and then we’ll start trying to cast and plan.”

When asked who would be playing him, meanwhile, he replied:

I don’t know. I’ve got a wish list of people. Number One on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of ‘Rocket Man’ and was superb.

It was announced in September that Elton John would serve as the executive producer on Rocketman. The film is expected to use musical sequences, centred on the singer’s hits, to tell the story of a child prodigy who became a global star, and is the second collaboration between the singer and Hall after they worked together on the musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.

In November, meanwhile, Justin Timberlake insisted that he was not ignoring his music career in favour of his acting projects. He has been linked with a role in a new movie from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set across the backdrop of the 1960s folk music scene in New York.