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Elton biopic on its way

The Elton John biopic could soon be reality. The singer announced that the project, with a script by Lee Hall, the author of Billy Elliot, was "very much in the works". Rather than wait for a film producer to get the project underway, Elton and his partner David Furnish are pursuing the idea themselves.

"We have a director on board," Elton said, "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 and we'll start trying to cast and plan."

He described the planned film as a "jukebox musical", rather than a straight narrative biography. It will tell the story of his musical career, punctuated by all the familiar hits.

"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," he told the LA Times. "I just don't want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn't been like that."

He added that he envisaged Justin Timberlake as the ideal actor to play him in the film. "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 he was superb."

Perhaps someone should gently point out that Timberlake does not exactly look like Elton. Better choices might include Ricky Gervais, Alan Carr, and, for the later period, Ronnie Corbett.

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