While the world has been enjoying Justin Timberlake’s successful singing career, which has earned him many Grammy awards, the man has also been honing his acting abilities. He has shown he has a dramatic side beyond his voice in films including “Friends with Benefits,” “The Social Network,” “Palmer,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Bad Teacher,” and “In Time.” The man isn’t going to stop exploring his theatrical side anytime soon, either, as evidenced by what he has in store for us. Therefore, if you’re curious about what Timberlake has in store, here are his next film and television projects!
Trolls Band Together (2023)
The third entry in the popular musical animation film series “Trolls,” which features troll dolls that dominated the toy market in the 1960s, is titled “Trolls Band Together.” It brings back Poppy and Branch, the main actors from the previous films, who are now a couple. Branch’s former membership in the group BroZone, which also included his brothers Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay, is revealed to Poppy. Branch hasn’t seen any of the brothers since the band disbanded when he was a baby, which is a shame. However, when they learn that Floyd has been abducted, Branch and Poppy embark on an emotional quest to reunite the other brothers and save Floyd from the evil Velvet and Veneer.
The movie, which is currently in post-production, was directed by Walt Dohrn and Tim Heitz (of “Trolls” and “Trolls World Tour” fame). Glenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel, and Elizabeth Tippet are the authors. The dolls, which are based on the characters shown on screen, have returned to the market thanks to the films. The franchise is owned by the massive production company Universal Pictures, which also markets video games, sleeping bags, lunch boxes, and other items with a Troll theme along with dolls.
The voice cast includes actor/musician Eric André as John Dory, Golden Globe-nominated singer-songwriter Troye Sivan as Floyd, Grammy Award-winner Kid Cudi as Spruce, Grammy Award-winner Daveed Diggs as Spruce, and Grammy Award-winner Amy Schumer as Velvet. Justin Timberlake plays Branch, and Andrew Rannells plays Veneer.
Viva, Poppy’s estranged sister, is portrayed by singer-songwriter and Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, along with musicians Zooey Deschanel, Kunal Nayyar, singer-rapper Anderson.Paak, and drag queen RuPaul. The song “Better Place,” from Justin Timberlake’s boy band NSYNC, will also appear on “Trolls Band Together” for the first time in almost 20 years. It goes without saying that when the film debuts in theatres on November 17, 2023, it will be a special occasion for all music fans. Watch the trailer!
Untitled Chuck Barris Series (TBA)
In an hour-long biographical drama series for Apple TV+, Timberlake will play Chuck Barris, a former host of “The Gong Show” and the man who developed the game shows “The Newlywed Game” and “The Dating Game” in the 1960s and 1970s. The concerts, according to Barris’ 1984 autobiography, were all a front for his actual employment as a CIA assassin, who was hired to “take out” threats. Apple has chosen to bring the memoir to television despite the fact that he later acknowledged fabricating the account and the CIA refuted his allegations. The autobiography has already been adapted into a movie film of the same name, which George Clooney directed and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.
The showrunners are Jon Worley and David Hollander, and Worley also adapted the screenplay. No other cast members, besides Timberlake, have been made public. Since 2021, the unnamed project has been in the development stage; more updates are awaited.
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