Justin Timberlake Gets His Own Friends With Benefits

By Katey Rich 2010-04-06 14:12:07discussion comments
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He's already got a role in the Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher, but Justin Timberlake is dead set on taking that SNL-perfected sense of humor to the big screen as much as possible. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that he'll go full leading man in Friends With Benefits, which is not the Ivan Reitman movie starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. But it appears to be mostly the same thing.

The plot of both movies is fairly simple-- people who claim they're just friends start sleeping together, and things get complicated. Timberlake's film, set up at Screen Gems, will be directed by Will Gluck, who made the soon-to-be-released comedy Easy A for the studio. The Portman-Kutcher film is at Paramount, and will likely need a new title since Screen Gems registered it first. But that's not all! There's also a TV show called Friends with Benefits greenlit by NBC last month, and written by (500) Days of Summer geniuses Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Screen Gems can't do anything about that one but just wait to see if it fails, so even if the Timberlake movie goes into production soon, it won't have a final title until at least this fall.

Timberlake has miraculously not yet worn out his presence as a funnyman, and I admit, I watch "Dick in a Box" and "Motherlover" far more often than I should. But can he carry an entire movie without Andy Samberg there with him? Or will they avoid the issue entirely and just cast Andy Samberg too? Perhaps most importantly, is any going to believe Timberlake as a guy with romance problems?
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