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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