Justin Timberlake has signed on to play late record executive Neil Bogart in the biopic Spinning Gold. Timberlake will also co-produce with writer/Neil Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart. Bogart went from being a dirt-poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn to become a multimillionaire who helped define 70′s pop culture by launching the careers of such superstars as KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer, and The Village People. Bogart died in 1982 at the early age of 39 from cancer, and Tim Bogart tells Deadline that the long search in finding an actor to play his father came to an end when he met with Timberlake. “He has the exact same energy as my father,” says Bogart. “The same glimmer in his eye.” As opposed to other movie stars who convey no charisma and energy. At least Timberlake already has a personal understanding of the record business, although his current knowledge may not extend back to the 60s and 70s.
Timberlake’s had a good 2011 so far with Bad Teacher and positive notices for his lead role in Friends with Benefits. His last film of the year, In Time, will take him in a dramatic direction but he’s already proved he can handle both comedy and drama with infuriating ease. Spinning Gold is currently looking for a director and is eyeing a late 2012 start.