Justin Timblerlake will play the male lead in the Screen Gems romantic comedy Friends with Benefits. Directed by Will Gluck (the upcoming Emma Stone comedy Easy A), Deadline says that in the story a headhunter recruits a magazine editor and since each is too busy to find a mate, they agree to sleep together with no strings attached. Things get complicated when the guy falls for the girl, who’s dating someone else. I don’t find Timberlake convincing in a movie like this because if you’re a woman, who could possibly be a better choice than Timberlake? He’s just too good looking. What actor would you put next to Timberlake and say, “Yeah…Timberlake is handsome and charming and all that, but maybe the girl should go with this obvious Baxter.”
This film is not to be confused with Ivan Reitman’s film of the same name starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Deadline says it will likely be Reitman’s film that has to undergo the name change.
Timberlake will next be seen this October in David Fincher’s The Social Network, which is about the creation of Facebook.