Elton John has announced plans to bring his life to the screen with the biopic Rocketman. The film is purported to be radically different than other biopics with a non-linear story and wild visuals juxtaposed to John’s biggest hits. But who can play this larger than life icon? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is likely busy with G.I. Joe commitments and Jackie Chan isn’t the draw that he once was.
Who to choose? Who to choose?
Robert Downey Jr. has already proven he can effectively lip sync Elton John’s music in the video for “I Want Love.” He’s also wrestled with his own substance abuse issues. I’m not certain whether or not he can play the piano but there’s no reason that should be a strike against him.
Justin Timberlake has actually played a young Elton John before during the Rocketman’s phase where he was too lazy to appear in his own videos. This was just around the time that Timberlake had gone solo and was looking to branch out into acting and there’s no better way to sever your boy band image than by appearing on-screen with simulated orgies and cocaine use. Just ask Rod, the little-known fourth member of Hanson.
She’s no stranger to loud jackets and she’s got the haircut down. No doubt in my mind that this could be Carol Burnett’s comeback project.