It never seems to be a hard knock life for Justin Timberlake, which is why he might be perfect to play Daddy Warbucks.
According to a report in Page Six, Timberlake's recent friendship with Jay-Z may go beyond the music business. The actor-singer is apparently being considered for the role of Daddy Warbucks in the upcoming "Annie" remake, which Jay-Z is producing with Will Smith. Will Gluck, who is directing "Annie," previously worked with Timberlake on 2011's "Friends with Benefits." Despite the rumor, representatives for Sony have denied Timberlake's involvement in the film.
Ever the busy man, Timberlake drops his third studio album on Tuesday, and already has multiple films lined up for 2013. He stars in the Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," and is also set to appear with Ben Affleck in "Runner, Runner." Timberlake is also rumored for a starring role in "The Last Drop."
Timberlake would be playing Daddy Warbucks to Oscar-nominated 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who has been cast as the little orphan Annie in the upcoming film. The role is now her second project since her celebrated role in 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The youngster is also filming "Twelve Years a Slave" with Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Fassbender.
“With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star," President of production for Columbia Hannah Minghella said in a statement when her casting was announced. "She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.”
"Annie" is due out in the fall of 2014.
[via Page Six]