|Timberlake as Elton John in the 2001 "This Train Don't Stop here Anymore" video.|
A month ago, word was that Justin Timberlake was #1 on Elton John's wish list to portray the "Benny and the Jets" singer in an upcoming biopic. Now, it sounds like JT is all but signed up for the role, but is awaiting word on a director before he fully commits.
According to E! Online, John's husband and producing partner, David Furnish, said the two music stars have been in serious discussions about the project.
"We're searching for a director," Furnish said. "It's important we all share the same vision ... Elton and Justin have had conversations about it. Justin also says he has to feel comfortable with the director and the director has to be comfortable with Justin. The chemistry is really important. There's no race to make this. We're just going to take the time to make it right."
Timberlake, who popped up on last weekend's "Saturday Night Live" portraying a different musician — Grammy winner Bon Iver — was reportedly eyed by John for the role in his biopic after the pair collaborated in the David LaChapelle-directed 2001 clip for John's "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore."