[artist id=”3187077″]Justin Bieber[/artist] has already notched the third-highest-grossing documentary of all time with “Never Say Never,” but now the teen titan is looking at branching out into scripted moves as well.
After his well-received turns on “CSI,” the Los Angeles Times reports that Bieber is close to signing on to take the lead role in the buddy comedy “What Would Kenny Do?” opposite Ashton Kutcher. An anonymous source who was briefed on the project told the paper that the film delves into the relationship between a 17-year-old and his 30-something self, with the latter to be played by Kutcher, 33.
The movie, to be produced by Kutcher’s Katalyst Entertainment and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, will probably not get moving until next year because Bieber has touring commitments booked through 2012. Though the initial report said Bieber was “eyeing” the movie, an update posted late Wednesday clarified that the project has been under development for months “with Bieber both in mind and on board.”
It wouldn’t be the first time the dynamic duo has tried to hook up, coming on the heels of a reported meeting in January in which Kutcher discussed Bieber hosting a rebooted version of “Punk’d.”
The “Kenny” script was originally described as an R-rated comedy about “a teenager who meets a hologram claiming to be the adult version of himself; the hologram then helps guide the teen through high school.” It got a more PG-13 revision from “(500) Days of Summer” writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who had Kutcher’s successful character going back in time to help the awkward present-day Bieber.
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