Elton John Working On Biopic. We Pity The Wardrobe Department


The September 30 issue of Entertainment Weekly has a feature on Rocketman, the upcoming Elton John biopic the singer-songwriter and his husband, David Furnish, are working on with John’s Billy Elliot collaborator Lee Hall. “We’ve always thought there was a wonderful cinematic opportunity to tell Elton’s life story,” Furnish tells EW. “But we wanted to wait until the time was exactly right. Elton feels very excited about doing it now—he’s in a very happy place in life right now and thinks it’s a good time to artistically reflect on the past.”

The film is said to cover the early part of the out rocker’s life, from his conservative childhood as Reginald Dwight to his emergence as international pop icon Elton John. And it won’t shy away from the out rocker’s difficult times: “You can’t tell his life story without going to the dark places,” says Furnish. “We’re going to touch on those too. But at the end, we want people to come away from the cinema feeling inspired and uplifted.”

“Rocketman will be a radically different kind of biopic,” co-producer Steve Hamilton Shaw told Deadline.com, “[It’s] non-linear and hyper-visual.”

No star has been named to play John—though James Macevoy has expressed interest in the role—but Justin Timberlake did a pretty good job channeling the be-wigged entertainer in the music video for 2001’s “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore.”

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