Former boy bander Justin Timberlake continues his quest to be taken seriously as an actor and will add producer to his long line of titles on “Spinning Gold”, according to Deadline. Timberlake will headline the biopic as late record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records and act as a producer on the project that’s “literally three decades in the making.”
Timberlake will produce along with Bogart’s sons, writer-producer-director Timothy Scott Bogart and songwriter and music publisher Evan “Kidd” Bogart. Bogart’s story revolves around a rags-to-riches, dirt poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn who went on to become a multimillionaire after founding Casablanca Records and launching the careers of KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer, and The Village People. “This is saga about a young dreamer who started with nothing and came of age in the 60s and 70s, believing anything was possible and every risk was worth taking,” Tim Bogart tells Deadline. They knew they needed a young actor who had the charisma to portray their father, who died of cancer at age 39 in 1982. “When Justin walked into the room, that was the moment I had been waiting for 29 years. He has the exact same energy as my father, the same glimmer in his eye.” No director has been set yet, and production is slated for a leisurely “before the end of 2012″ pace.
Timberlake, former ‘N Sync member, broke out – along with a plethora of other promising young stars – in last year’s David Fincher masterpiece “The Social Network”, where he portrayed Napster founder Sean Parker. He starred opposite Mila Kunis in this summer’s romantic comedy “Friends with Benefits” and will next be seen opposite Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller “In Time”, one of our most anticipated fall movies.