Brandon Routh, Justin Bartha Cast In Gay Couple Roles; JT Likely For Elton Biopic

Holy gay casting news! Brandon Routh and Justin Bartha are set to play gay boyfriends in two separate developing projects, while Justin Timberlake is in talks with Elton John to star in the “Candle in the Wind” singer’s biopic.

Routh, frequently shirtless Superman stud, will play Michael Urie’s partner in an as-yet unnamed CBS comedy pilot from Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the creators of Will & Grace.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the project stars two architect friends and business partners: Urie as the gay Louis, alongside the uncast straight Charlie. Routh will play “Louis’ steady partner, a former alcoholic, club-hopping model, now a sober, vegan nurse.”

Bartha (left)—that cute guy who appeared in the first 5 minutes of The Hangover—will be playing gay for Ryan Murphy‘s NBC pilot, The New Normal. The Hollywood Reporter says that Bartha will star as the partner/husband of Andrew Rannells, who has wowed Broadway audiences while starring in the wildly successful Book of Mormon.

The drama centers on the couple’s quest to raise a child via a surrogate mother named Goldie (Georgia King), whose often racist grandmother will be played by Broadway doyenne Ellen Barkin.

Finally, Elton John’s husband David Furnish told E! News that Elton has had “conversations” with Justin Timberlake about the biopic, but that they’re still “searching for a director.”

“Justin also says he has to feel comfortable with the director and the director has to be comfortable with Justin,” said Furnish. “The chemistry is really important. There’s no race to make this. We’re just going to take the time to make it right.”

That sounds like something you say to a guy who keeps buying you dinner but you don’t really want to sleep with. Do the damned thing already, boys!

Photos via Gage Skidmore, Justin Bartha, Jorge Barrios