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Justin Timberlake Closer to Starring in Elton John Movie?

It sounds like Elton  John‘s hope for Justin  Timberlake to play him in his biopic is more than just wishful thinking these days.

Sir Elton’s husband, David Furnish, tells me the two music  superstars have been talking to each other about the project.

So what’s the hold up?

“We’re searching for a director,” Furnish told me earlier today as he  was  overseeing preparations for the 20th annual Oscar viewing party  benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “It’s  important we all share  the same vision.

“Elton and Justin have had conversations about  it,” he continued. “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.”

The “Crocodile Rock”  legend told the Los Angeles Times last month that  Timberlake is  “No. 1” on his wish list because he did such a  “superb” job  playing him  in a David LaChapelle video for “Rocket Man.”

And his life story  may  not end with the big screen. “We haven’t  ruled  out a [Broadway] musical,”  Furnish said. “But we just want to do  the movie  first.”

For now,  John and Furnish have their Oscar bash to think about. More  than 800  people will  gather Sunday under a giant tent in West  Hollywood Park. Foster The  People will perform with celebrity chef Cat Cora preparing the five-course meal.

Celebs  expected on the big night include Lea  Michele, Heidi Klum, Kim and  Kourtney  Kardashian, Liam Hemsworth, Leona  Lewis and Adam Levine, among  many others.

“We’re creating a vision—a world without AIDS,”  Furnish said. “It’s   the  biggest disease in the world. More than 34  million are infected   with 1.3  million in this country alone. It’s not  over.”

The annual event has raised about $225 million over two decades.

“The biggest thing we have to address is stigma,” Furnish said. “People are    stigmatized when they have the disease still. They’re stigmatized to   the point  that they’re frightened of getting tested, frightened of   knowing their status  and not getting on their medications. We have to   break that cycle.”

 

 

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