It seems like Justin Timberlake has been around forever, with a career that began nearly two decades ago on "The New Mickey Mouse Club," and continues with "Friends With Benefits," but the impression of his all-time ubiquity is largely a result of his staying power in a frenetic pop culture that shifts attention on the hour. In his next movie, however, Timberlake truly is gunning for immortality.
Timberlake stars in "In Time," an Andrew Niccol joint set in a world in which the aging gene has been halted at the age of 25, the rich buy and trade the world's new currency, time itself, so that they stay forever young while the poor die at the hands of their robbed clocks. Timberlake plays Will, a poor 28-year old whose time is rapidly running out before being gifted a century by an old man who can no longer stand to live in what the world has become.
Just as in our own reality, the upper class -- led by Cillian Murphy and Vincent Kartheiser -- doesn't take very kindly to the newcomer, fearing he'll shatter their circle of elite privilege. That puts him on the run, having taken Amanda Seyfried, Kartheiser's daughter, hostage as a negotiation chip.
Timberlake spoke about the film at Comic-Con, where the clip premiered.
“The idea of how could we achieve being young forever… I just fell in love with the man that he was," he said (via Obsessed With Film). "An ordinary man being put in fantastical situations. He wakes up with 24 hours on his body clock, so he only has a day to live. [I liked] the idea of what would you do, how would you live; the idea of having to beg and steal to stay alive.”
The film hits theaters October 28th.