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Coen Bros Offer Justin Timberlake Lead Role in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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October 28, 2011
Source: Variety

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Well here's an interesting turn of events. Variety is reporting a scoop tonight that the Coen Brothers have apparently offered Justin Timberlake one of the lead roles in their new film Inside Llewyn Davis. If you recall from past news, the project is about the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and is already set to star Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, loosely based on folk singer Dave Van Ronk. JT has been on the acting rise recently, and is starring in a lead role in Andrew Niccol's In Time opening this weekend. This may seem like an odd choice, but perhaps not, as he's being offered the role of another folk musician.

The report says that Timberlake has been offered the role of Jim, a folk musician married to Jean, who will be played by Carey Mulligan. StudioCanal is co-financing, with Robert Graf (No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, True Grit) executive producing, and production is set to start early next year in New York City. The film, written and directed by the Coen Brothers, is partly based on Dave Van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which chronicles the musicians's time as a larger-than-life presence with a blustery personality to match his big frame, who is known for the famous folk-music haunts and mentoring musicians such rising talents as Bob Dylan. This is just an offer, so we'll let you know if he accepts it or not.

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  • Thegreatmrt
    He would be dumb to pass this up, personally I think timbeake is underrated he's an amazing solo artist and I think he's a great actor, almost every role he does gets better as he goes along. Personally it should be a no brainer with it being done by the coen brothers
  • I like Timberlake and I think a lot of the hate he gets is because of his boy band image he hasn't been able to shake off completely, yet.
  • norm
    I forget the pattern of good to bad Coen Bros movies (is it 2 good ones, and then one bad?) but I'm guessing this one will be in the bad pile. Can't stand that mouseketeer.
    • no
      There's no such pattern.
  • Lokiboki
    I have nothing against him but i don't want him in Coen Bros film, i really don't.
  • Crockett
    Depending on the material and director he's not a bad actor and this time his musician background will definitely come in handy so it'd be wise if he accepts.
  • Xerxexx
    Take it Mr. Timberlake.
  • FilmFan
    Sigh. To the Coen Brothers...dear God, WHY!? Timberlake is a great singer/performer. He's great on "SNL".  But that's it.  As Deadlinehollyood.com mentioned, his latest film has not lit the box-office on fire. He can't "open" a film, as they say. And I know the Coen Brothers films aren't mainstream.  But I have to ask again, WHY!?
  • peloquin
    Regardless of his past and the image he's portrayed to the people discussing his life on this forum, the man can act.  I also used to share some of the same opinions regarding Timberlake as the people here, but after seeing him in The Social Network I can say I've seen greatness in him as an actor.  He played that role perfectly and deserved an Oscar for it in my opinion.  Even though he's picked some bad roles, he's an Oscar caliber performer and he deserves the training and opportunity that directors like the Coen brothers could offer him.  He will come out of this role much stronger than he was before and he'd be a fool not to take it.

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