ELTON JOHN wants JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE to play him in an upcoming movie about his life.

"I've got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and was superb," the bespectacled rock legend told the Los Angeles Times.

And like Elton, the biopic will be over-the-top! "It's going to be a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge! I just don't want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn't been like that. And it only goes up to when I go into rehab in 1990. It starts with me going into rehab and ends when I come out."

John added that there's already a director on board and a script has been written by Billy Elliot's Lee Hall. "It's just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it… then we'll start trying to cast and plan."

Timberlake and his girlfriend JESSICA BIEL were sitting with Elton John and his hubby DAVID FURNISH at an October event at Southern Hospitality BBQ in NYC.