Justin Timberlake Offered Co-Lead in the Coen Bros.’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

     October 29, 2011

Justin Timberlake is shaping up to be quite the actor. After earning high praise for his dramatic turn in David Fincher’s The Social Network, it appears that the actor may be set to work with another master filmmaker. Make that two master filmmakers, actually. Timberlake has been offered the co-lead role in the next film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film centers on the 1960s folk music scene in New York, so it’s a role that hits all the right notes (zing!) for Timberlake. Drive’s Oscar Isaac has already landed one of the lead roles, as has talented actress Carey Mulligan. Hit the jump for more, including who each actor is poised to play.

Variety reports that Isaac will be playing the title role, a struggling folk musician born and bred in Queens, and Timberlake has been offered the role of another folk musician who’s married to Mulligan’s character. Timberlake seemed good enough in films like Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan, but it was his turn in The Social Network that caught my eye. He proved himself quite the dramatic talent, and he’s really come into his own as of late with memorable leading roles in films like Friends with Benefits and In Time (his charisma was one of the saving graces of the latter).

One has to assume that Timberlake will jump at the chance to work for the Coen bros., and I’m hoping he takes the role as I find it to be an inspired choice. Scott Rudin, who produced the Coens’ No Country for Old Men and True Grit, as well as The Social Network, is onboard to produce what’s shaping up to be one of my most anticipated pics of 2012.

Also, if you missed Timberlake on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon doing “The History of Rap 3” on Friday, I urge you to take a gander:

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