These kind of wish fulfillment new stories are not usually worth their weight in magic beans, but there’s a sort of sense that comes with the news that Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play the lead role in the movie about himself that he’s working on. Of course, it also sounds a bit like Bruce Villanche wanting Denzel Washington to star in Villanche: The Movie, but Timberlake is a highly talented singer and actor who has appeared as John before in a music video. Put a shaggy wig on him, and they could be brothers. The kind where you might not guess immediately that they were related.
John also announced to the LA Times that the film project, written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), has found a director. Unfortunately, the production was looking at Baz Luhrmann (due to the reportedly trippy, magical feel of it all), but he wasn’t available. Hopefully, we’ll find out which Luhrmann-like entity they hired instead.
As for Timberlake, this is a shout into the wilderness for John, as the actor hasn’t commented and may not even know he’s on the wish list. But if he doesn’t do it, can I suggest either Eminem or Ben Folds? Also, when does Villanche: The Movie come out?