Justin Timberlake Will Play Casablanca Records Founder In Upcoming Biopic

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Posted September 27, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Justin Timberlake lands role in Casablanca Records biopic

This might be the closest thing Justin Timberlake has gotten to doing music since his 2009 duet with Ciara on “Love Sex Magic.”

After wowing crowds with his portyal of Napster founder in the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, pop star and MySpace.com co-owner Justin Timberlake – who recently starred in the 2011 film Friends With Benefits – has agreeed to star in Spinning Gold, a biopic based on Neil Bogart, the founder of brains behind Casablanca Reecords. The record label, which also furthered their progress into motion pictures like Thank God It’s Friday, Midnight Express and The Deep, was one of the kingpin labels for rock and disco in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s.

Timberlake will also serve as a producer to the film, which will be written and directed by Bogart’s sons Timothy Scott Bogart and Evan Bogart. “This movie is literally three decades in the making,” Tim said in a statement, “but we knew that without the perfect actor to bring our father to life on film, his essence and impact on the lives and careers he inspired would never be fully captured – from the moment we met Justin, we knew we’d found our Neil Bogart.”

The movie will focus on the rags-to-riches story of Bogart, who grew up poor in Brooklyn but went on to launch the careers of Kiss, the Village People, Donna Summer and Parliament in the 1970’s. Bogart passed away at the age of 39 from cancer and lymphoma.

So what do you think?
Interested in seeing it?
Worried it won’t live up to expectations?
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