Elton John Confirms Plans for "Surreal" Biopic

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 2, 2012

We've already got a laundry list of music biopics on the way, as future film projects will explore everyone from Freddie Mercury to Keith Richards to Raekwon. Well, here's a new name you can add to that list: Elton John.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, John confirmed that the long-rumoured biopic is still a go. "That's very much in the works. 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," the singer said.

The scrip is being penned by screenwriter Lee Hall, who wrote Billy Elliott (which Elton John helped turn into a musical). John explained, "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. And it only goes up to when I go into rehab in 1990. It starts with me going into rehab and ends when I come out."

He added that the film won't be directed by Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann, but hinted, "We can't announce it yet, but we have got someone on board that we're very excited about."

So who is going to play the lead role? The songwriter said, "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."

Well, of course we'd all love to get an insanely good looking boy band alumnus to play us in our personal biopics. Time will tell whether Elton gets his wish.

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