The legendary Elton John has a busy year ahead of him. Fresh off his 3rd Golden Globe nomination for the "Gnomeo and Juliet" soundtrack song "Hello, Hello", the famously outlandish piano man has a biopic in the works, and he already has a solid lead on the actor he'd like to portray him.
"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," He told the Los Angeles Times. (The video in question was actually made for "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore".)
While Timberlake hasn't publicly confirmed his involvement, he is reportedly "seriously considering" the offer. According to E! Online, he is “working with his people to figure out exactly how to respond.” The former N'SYNC member has recently received accolades for performances in such films as the David Fincher directed "The Social Network" and the romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits".
The movie, tentatively dubbed "Rocket Man", is reportedly going to be a rather unconventional biopic in the spirit of a modern day musical. Taking it's inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's critically acclaimed "Moulin Rouge!", the movie will cover Elton's life up to his 1990 stint in rehab.
"We're making an announcement about [the film] 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," he said.
As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, Elton and his longtime partner welcomed a baby boy named Zachary last year. The 1 year old will be traveling with the superstar while he writes the music for his upcoming album with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. When asked whether he still feels pressure to maintain a presence on top 40 radio after all these years, Elton was nonplussed.
"As Elton John, my days on pop radio are over, and I know that and I accept it and I'm not unhappy about it. It's a different time of my life now, and it gives me the freedom to do whatever kind of music I want to do," he said. "And it may end up being pop, but I don't know. There's no pressure for me to go out there and say, I've got to have a top 40 hit because it's not going to happen."