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Elton John wants Robert Downey Jr. for planned biopic?

By Sean O’Connell He may have sang “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” but Elton John reportedly is saying “hello” to the idea of a biopic, and he even has an idea of whom he’d like to play him on screen.

While promoting the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which uses John’s music, the singer-songwriter revealed that he is working with “Billy Elliot” musical writer Lee Hall on a biopic.

“I’d just like to make a really great film about my life story,” John told BBC Radio 2 (courtesy of The Guardian). “We have a great script already by Lee Hall … It will be more of a fantasy – ‘Moulin Rouge’ type of stuff. Obviously, it’s not going to be your normal, run-of-the-mill film. My life’s been so surreal, from buying a football club to God knows what.”

And in a separate interview held at the London premiere of “Gnomeo,” John told BANG Showbiz, “Robert Downey Jr. could maybe play me at a certain stage.”

Heck yes! That sounds fantastic. Will it happen? Well, we’ve got a long way to go, but it’s encouraging that John is supportive of the project, and his music (with Hall) for “Billy Elliot” is winning. Let’s see what comes of it.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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