Although he is still touring the world, Elton John’s life story is set to be chronicled in a feature film, and the British superstar has another singing sensation he hopes will play him when the project finally begins shooting.
“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,” Elton told the Los Angeles Times’ Sunday edition.
Sir Elton said details of the project are coming shortly, but fans shouldn’t expect the movie to be an ordinary look at an extraordinary man’s life story.
“It’s going to be a surreal look at my life… more in the manner of a ‘Moulin Rouge!’” Elton said. “I just don’t want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn’t been like that.”
Elton told the Los Angeles Times that the biopic would cover his life up until his release from rehab in 1990.
In related Elton news, the actor just celebrated his son, Zachary’s, first birthday this past Christmas, and the singer said the little one has changed his, and husband David Furnish’s lives.
“I love him so much. It’s a different kind of love for your child than you have for your partner. Everyone kept saying that, and now I realize that, having had Zachary,” Elton told the newspaper. “He’s the light of our lives.”
And there could be a new light in Elton’s future – one of the gleaming statue variety. Elton’s songs – with co-writer Bernie Taupin, “Hello Hello” and “Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet” — are eligible for Best Song at the Oscars.
The nominations for the 84th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 AM PST.