Elton John has revealed that he wants Justin Timberlake to play him in his forthcoming musical biopic.
The singer started preparing for a musical biopic about his life, to be titled Rocketman.
John and partner David Furnish have teamed up with playwright Lee Hall to create the movie. Furnish will produce alongside Steve Hamilton, with John taking on an executive producer's role.
In an interview with LA Times Elton John said that Timberlake was his number one choice for the role.
We're making an announcement about that very, very soon. "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 in the film, he replied: I don't know. I've got a wish list of people. 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.
Songs such as Your Song, Candle in the Wind and Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word will feature, although a director has yet to be found.
The producers have also started thinking about lead actors, although it is believed James McAvoy is the preferred choice to portray the singer, who was born Reg Dwight in 1947.
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