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Justin Timberlake is returning to music!
Well, sort of. He's sticking with acting for the time being, but his latest role is one that's closer to his roots than the romantic comedies are (not that he isn't adorable in them, of course).
According to Deadline, Timberlake has signed to play legendary music producer Neil Bogart in a big screen biopic.
You may not know exactly who Bogart is by name, but you certainly know the bands he signed and made into legends -- groups like KISS, The Village People, Donna Summer and T. Rex. His label, Casablanca Records, was instrumental in ushering in the rise of disco and the bubble-gum pop of the 1970s and 1980s. Without Bogart, we might not have have visions of John Travolta strutting, or people in polyester doing the hustle. And what is a world without "YMCA?" It's a sobering thought.
Sadly, Bogart died young, succumbing to cancer at only 39 years of age. He had foreseen the musical future though, and was in the midst of bringing on New Wave acts -- he had just signed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Though the role is tailor made for him, Timberlake had to impress Bogart's family, specifically his son and scriptwriter of the film, Tim Bogart. That was easy.
"When Justin walked into the room, that was the moment I had been waiting for 29 years," said Bogart. "He has the exact same energy as my father, the same glimmer in his eye."
We know that glimmer, and it makes us even more excited to see Timberlake tackle this film. He's already a music producer, so that part of the performance will be easy, but he'll have to play a man who was a husband, a father, a man who had to face his own mortality at a young age. It's going to be a real test of his acting ability. But for now, we'll just concentrate on the tight 1970s pants he'll be wearing...