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Justin Timberlake To Romance Amy Adams In Clint Eastwood Vehicle 'Trouble With The Curve'

by Oliver Lyttelton
January 31, 2012 7:54 PM
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Justin Timberlake Trouble With The Curve

Say what you like about Justin Timberlake, the man is serious about his acting. The former boy-bander started to gain grudging respect of film fans with small turns in films like "Alpha Dog" and "Black Snake Moan," before winning over many thanks to his supporting role in David Fincher's "The Social Network." Now, despite star vehicle "In Time" failing to convert at the box office, he's pretty firmly cemented as an actor, rather than a musician pursuing vanity projects; he was winning and funny in "Friends With Benefits" and "Bad Teacher," even if the films weren't, Warren Beatty considered him for the lead in his Howard Hughes film, and he's not released a record in nearly six years (although he guested on a couple back in 2010).

Next up, he's going to cement his indie cred by starring with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan in "Inside Llewyn Davis," the latest from the Coen Brothers, but first, he's going to be squeezing in some work with another cinematic icon, as Variety reports Timberlake is in talks to join Clint Eastwood in the great star's return to the screen in "Trouble With The Curve."

The film, penned by newcomer Randy Brown, and directed by Eastwood's long-time producer Robert Lorenz, stars the veteran actor as a baseball scout, losing his eyesight, who heads to Georgia with his daughter (to be played by Amy Adams) in the hope of signing one last hotshot. That's right, it's "Moneyball" meets "Scent Of A Woman"! Or something.

Assuming talks come off, Timberlake will play Johnny Flanagan, a former player who's now a New York Yankees scout, and develops into a love interest for Adams' character, while Matthew Lillard and newcomer Joe Massingill are also in the cast. It's unclear whether the actor will shoot this before "Inside Llewyn Davis," but seeing that Warner Bros set the Eastwood project for a September 28th release date yesterday, we imagine that'll be the case.

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  • Gerty | February 1, 2012 6:09 AMReply

    I just saw In Time the other day and let me tell you, i don't want to see another justin timberlake film ever again.

  • GodNo | January 31, 2012 8:43 PMReply

    Keep him in this so he doesn't ruin the Coens movie. The guy has no charisma whatsoever. The only reason his movies make money is because they pair him with actors (more often actresses) that can carry his lazy ass. I'm ashamed of Eastwood.

  • Precious Based on Push By Sapphire | January 31, 2012 8:27 PMReply

    Next up: Channing Tatum will be in talks to join this film. It's all downhill from here, guys. Amy Adams get out while you can!!!

  • Keepereasy | January 31, 2012 9:39 PM


  • ker | January 31, 2012 8:10 PMReply

    Who keeps giving this guy roles? He is only good on SNL.

  • Please ! | January 31, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    Please, Justin is not a leading man- not even a supporting actor.

  • amanda | January 31, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    My excitement level for this movie has just dropped.

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