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The Coens Want Justin Timberlake
For Inside Llewyn Davis

30 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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The Coens Want Justin Timberlake

While Justin Timberlake has been getting steady acting work for years, his career really took off thanks to his praised performance in The Social Network. Now the Coen brothers think he’s right for their next project, and the writing/directing/producing duo have offered him one of the lead roles in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Set in the developing folk music scene of 1960s Greenwich Village in New York, the movie will follow the struggles of the title character (Oscar Isaac), a talented musician who inspires others yet can’t seem to make enough playing gigs.

Among those he mentors is fellow tunesmith Jim (Timberlake, if he accepts the role), who is trying to find his own voice. He’s married to Jean (Carey Mulligan, who is already aboard).

Isaac’s character is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk, a singer/songwriter who hung with the likes of Bob Dylan.

This could be a another big boost to Timberlake’s acting career, but of course he’ll have decide whether he can handle the musical element of it… What’s that? He’s also known for what? Oh, yeah… Never mind.

Joel and Ethan Coen are looking to get filming early next year in New York. Timberlake, meanwhile, will next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s In Time, which is out here on Tuesday November 1.


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Yeah he was good in the Social Network - because he was basically playing himself. I can't see him doing much more as an actor, in fact I loath seeing his name in anything now. Why not cast Kim fricken Kardashian as well?? More

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Big fan of Timberlake as an actor, and I'm alway excited by a new Coen brothers film. Hope he takes the role. More

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