Justin Becomes Mr. Timberlake In Bad Teacher

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-03-02 15:59:49discussion comments
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Justin Timberlake gets an A+ in table reading. According to THR, John Krasinski, Joel McHale, Timothy Olyphant, Guy Pearce, Adam Scott and Cheyenne Jackson all took part in table reads and other tests for the lead role in Bad Teacher, but it was Timberlake who came out on top. He’ll star alongside Cameron Diaz in this Jake Kasdan comedy.

The script comes from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and focuses on a seventh grade teacher (Cameron Diaz) with a potty mouth and thing for wealthy guys. When her boyfriend dumps her, she’s determined to court a substitute teacher (Timberlake) who happens to be the heir to a watch fortune. The only thing in her way? His girlfriend (Lucy Punch).

I’m going to pretend like The Love Guru never happened and be thrilled about Timberlake’s involvement thanks to a great performance in Alpha Dog. On top of that, he’ll be surrounded by an impressive comedic cast. Regardless of the quality of the movie, Diaz almost always entertains and Punch is on the up and up in the feature film scene. Then, there’s new additions SNL alum Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family.

Timberlake will certainly be in good company when the cast unites to film this month in Los Angeles, but will it be awkward to reunite with his ex, Diaz, in a romantic setting? The two worked together on Shrek the Third post-breakup and have since reunited for Shrek Forever After, but for all we know the voice work didn’t require any human interaction. Diaz seems like a content single lady and Timberlake is living happily ever after with Jessica Beil (or is he?), so perhaps they’ve moved on and find the comedy in the situation.
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