Elton John has FINALLY broken his legendary silence and announced his decision that Justin Timberlake should play him in a biopic. Sure, Elton John. Got it. Everyone write this down. Duly noted, Elton John. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Elton John says that a biopic based on his life is still in the works and fans should watch for an announcement “very soon.” But, when it comes to casting the most important role in the film, John knows exactly who should step into his bedazzled shoes.

“I’ve got a wish list of people,” the singer tells the L.A. Times after it asked who should play him in the planned film. “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.”

I’m pretty sure you’re not just allowed to pick out who plays you in your biopic, just like you’re not allowed to pick your own nickname. Although, I do have an on-going game with my friends in which we cast a movie about ourselves and all of our friends and it’s a really fun game but the difference between that game and this Elton John thing is that they are actually making the movie about Elton John. In any case, apparently the gates are blown off their hinges with this thing now. Everyone gets to just pick their own. Sorry, Brad Pitt and Paul Rudd and Ryan Gosling and Zooey Deschanel and Frieda Pinto and Zoe Saldana. You have to play everybody.

2012. Enjoy it. By the time you get this project greenlit you’ll be dead anyway, so just have fun.

Comments (47)
  1. Tilda Swinton, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, and Rosie O’Donnell will all play me at different parts of my life. Let’s get this show on the road.

  2. I shouldn’t have too much trouble with mine, since I’d think that either of the Sklar brothers would be happy to get movie work.

  3. Do I get to live the life of the person who plays me in my biopic? Because that would heavily influence my decision.

  4. Kristin Wiig. (for obvious reasons)

  5. #birdie4facetaco

  6. I want to be played by Elton John.

  7. I’ll let Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Cera battle it out to the death and whoever wins, gets to play me.

  8. People always tell me I look like a mix of Jaden Smith, Elizabeth Hurley, and Frankie Muniz, so I’m not exactly sure who would play me. Perhaps Mr. Serkis would be up to the task.

  9. John Cusack as Lane Meyer (even though I’m a girl) skiing on one ski, for me, please.

  10. Ryan Gosling, definitely.

    (What? He clearly says ‘sure’ to any movie he’s offered so I’m just thinking practically.)

  11. Ricky Martin would play me and would be shirtless throughout the entire movie.

    I’d like to add here that Elton thinks his life was so unusual and so unique…I’m sure it has been compared to someone from say rural KY, but this seems so insanely vain. I don’t know why this bugs me so much but honestly it’s not like he cured cancer or something – he wore a lot of funny wigs and wrote a few good songs in the early 70s. Then he tortured us from 1980 on with mediocre pop tunes and ballooning weight problems. Sigh.

  12. Didn’t Elton John already pick his own nickname though?

  13. If you’ve met me IRL, then you know how apt this is:

  14. I want to say SWINTON in all her Swintonian glory, but there is no way I am cool enough for that.

  15. Queen Latifah.

    Sure, I’m a 6’1″ 200-lb white man, but I really think you should stop being so bigoted and let it happen.

  16. But who will Gabe pick?

  17. I would like Bret or Jemaine to play me.

    Rhys Darby could play my boss and I am sure I could find something for Kristen Schaal to play.

  18. i was also thinking morgan freeman would play me. from childhood to old age, no costumes or makeup. Also he plays the role of everyone else in my life ever

  19. my decision will have to wait until i conquer a drug problem i haven’t yet developed. trying to find the right one. anybody have any suggestions?

  20. James Gandolfini or Michael Cera.

  21. roy will have to play the fat years of my life

  22. Edward James Olmos. Also, my biopic will be set in outer space and we will have to fight Cylons.

  23. I think if you took Brad Pitt, and gave him bad hair and a big nose and basically removed everything that makes him Mr. Handsome Movie Star, you’d be pretty close. But I don’t know if we should encourage that.

    They could add the wings in postproduction, I think it’s called. Do they call it that? I heard a filmmaker say that.

  24. Sir Elton, it was actually the video for “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore.” Rocket Man was released in 1972, when Justin Timberlake was -9 years old. Sorry to be a buzzkill- I know we all get confused.

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