What’s next for [artist id=”1043″]Justin Timberlake[/artist]?
As box-office analysts predicted, “The Social Network” opened at #1 over the weekend, kicking the movie’s awards-season buzz into high gear and setting a slew of new projects at the feet of the film’s stars. For Justin Timberlake — he plays Napster founder Sean Parker — the success of the social-networking flick seems to have given him just another reason to sideline his pop-music career in favor of making movies.
Timberlake has been nimbly dodging all of the “When are you making a new record?” questions and he recently told Entertainment Weekly he’s not sure when — or if — he’ll return to music.
“I never stop making music,” he told the magazine. “I don’t know what else to tell you, except that I just don’t know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore.”
Film-wise, Timberlake has plenty to keep him busy. First up, post-“Social Network,” is “Yogi Bear,” to which JT lends his voice in the role of Boo-Boo. When MTV News caught up with the multitalented star, we asked which role has the most Oscar potential: Sean Parker or Boo-Boo.
“I think that’s obvious. When you hear my Boo-Boo, it’s obvious, that’s going to trump everything,” Timberlake joked. “I don’t think you’re going to think of me as a musician again after you hear me as Boo-Boo.”
“Yogi” opens December 17, followed in April by the comedy “Bad Teacher,” in which JT co-stars along with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon and Thomas Lennon. The rom-com “Friends With Benefits,” led by “Easy A” director Will Gluck and co-starring Mila Kunis, Emma Stone and Andy Samberg, opens in July 2011. Timberlake has also reportedly signed on to play a rebellious hero in “I’m.mortal,” a sci-fi flick packed with talented young stars, including Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde (who’ll play JT’s mom).
With so many films in the pipeline, it’s no wonder the “Sexy Back” singer hasn’t had time for songwriting. Of course, that hasn’t stopped him from teasing fans with music-themed guest appearances on “SNL” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”.
We think it’s safe to assume we haven’t seen the last of his lyrical stylings … at least we hope so.
What do you think of Justin’s change in career focus? Do you prefer JT the actor or the pop star?