Casting Call: Rocketman

Published September 23, 2011

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Elton John’s collaboration with his partner David Furnish goes well beyond the romantic: in addition to their one-year-old son together, the two run a production studio called Rocket Pictures. Their biggest undertaking so far has been the animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, but there’s more on the horizon for Rocket Pictures: in March, the company bought the rights for children’s novel Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll, for one thing. More interesting for our purposes, though, is the project the company announced this week: Rocketman, a biopic about—you guessed it—Elton John himself.

Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall will handle the screenplay, and the concept is already being described as a “radically different type of biopic… non-linear and hyper-visual,” with choreographed sequences highlighting John’s biggest hits. But no casting decisions have been announced yet, meaning we can fantasy-cast Rocketman to our heart’s content. Read on to find out our picks for Elton (both young and old), John Lennon, Princess Diana and more.