Coen Brothers Tip Justin Timberlake For Folk Flick, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Justin Timberlake has come into his own as an assured leading man and his transition from pop music icon to serious movie star just received a huge boost from four-time-Oscar-winning darling filmmakers The Coen Brothers — the guys responsible for such cinema gems as No Country for Old Men, True Grit, and The Big Lebowski.

They’ve got quite the Midas Touch come awards seasons.

He’s been offered a major role in The Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, a period film loosely based on 1960s musician Dave van Ronk and other Greenwich Village folk artists, like Bob Dylan. Timberlake is in final negotiations to play a folk singer named Jim, married to Carey Mulligan’s Jean. He’d be playing second fiddle to male lead, Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood), who’s cast as the folk singer of the film’s title (apparently loosely based on real-life folk legend Dave Van Ronk). Also starring in the feature, John Goodman, who has been a longtime collaborator with the Coens in films such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin early next year.

JT’s come a long way since those days as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club.He’s received widespread acclaim for his supporting role as cocky Sean Parker in The Social Network, and he’s steadily shown versatility in comedies Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, and in his new sci-fi action thriller In Time, which opened Friday.

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