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Justin Timberlake Drinks ‘The Last Drop’

Written by on September 26, 2012 

Justin Timberlake‘s been (ahem) striking out with his last couple of acting jobs, but my true faith in the guy isn’t shaken. And, no, I get it: He’s probably not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. Still, what he lacks in outright range is, instead, made up for with natural charisma and a certain affability that makes a few roles — e.g., Sean Parker in The Social Network — even more interesting than what’s on a page.

Feeling this way, I’m pleased to read, in Variety, that he’s planning to lead a Black List-placed drama, The Last Drop, which Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will direct from a script by Phil and Brandon Murphy. In this particular outing, Timberlake would be seen as “a charming alcoholic who works as a restaurant critic for New York Magazine,” but is forced to change the freewheeling, drink-filled lifestyle upon meeting a woman who strikes his fancy.

Sounds like the sort of role he could pull off pretty well — being attractive and successful, for one thing; I don’t know much about his drinking habits, however — while Sollett, on the directing side of things, appears to have been seeking a good project since Nick and Norah hit about four years ago. I had thought that would be Freeheld, which he recently became attached to, and it might still be; if this is a second choice, though, it’s not bad.

Good Universe and Kingsgate Films — the latter of whom were behind The Hurt Locker — are expected to produce.

Does The Last Drop sound like a proper role for Timberlake?

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