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Elton John Wants Justin Timberlake For Upcoming Biopic

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First Posted: 01/03/12 09:49 AM ET Updated: 01/03/12 03:07 PM ET

Justin Timberlake better get his tiny dancing pants on, because Elton John has his eye on him.

In September, it was announced that the singer-songwriter will be the focus and executive producer of "Rocketman," a biopic combining elements of John's life and a few surreal elements. "It's going to be in the manner of 'Moulin Rouge!'" he tells the Los Angeles Times.

To play the Rocket Man himself, John is targeting the popstar-turned-actor. "Number on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of 'Rocket Man' and was superb," John says (as Rolling Stone notes, Timberlake actually played him in a video for ""This Train Don't Stop There Anymore.") Despite his recent flop "In Time," Timberlake isn't ditching the big screen for the recording studio anytime soon; the six-time grammy winner recently signed on to play Dave Van Ronk in the latest Coen brothers project "Inside Lewyn Davis," a film about the early 60s folk scene in Greenwich Village.

But even if John doesn't nab Timberlake for the role, he has another project on the horizon: An HBO documentary directed by Cameron Crowe about the making of his album "The Union" with Leon Russell, out this spring.

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