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Elton John Biopic "Rocketman" Gets Director

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/EltonJohn (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/EltonJohn (via ABC News Radio)

It was first announced back in 2011, but now Rocketman , a planned biopic of Elton John, has finally found a director. 

Deadline.com reports that Michael Gracey , a commercial director best known for that " Evian skating babies " ad, will take the reins of the movie, which will trace Elton's career from childhood to his status as a global icon.  Deadline quotes Hamilton Shaw, CEO of Elton's movie production company, as saying of Gracey, "He has an innovative, imaginative and compelling vision for the film."

Far from being a straightforward biography, Deadline reports that Rocketman will feature "fantastical choreographed sequences" set to Elton's biggest hits.  According to Deadline , Gracey says, "Everyone knows and loves Elton John’s music, but the true story of his life is so incredible that it can only be described as a fantasy." 

The search is now on to cast a young actor to play Elton as a child, according to Deadline. As for who'll play him as a young adult, Justin Timberlake has been mentioned several times, especially since he portrayed the 1970s-era Elton so well in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's video for "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore."  Justin also played Elton earlier this month in a skit when he hosted Saturday Night Live .

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