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Justin Timberlake joins Woody Allen's next movie

The Oscar-winning director, 80, can’t stop the feeling for pop stars in his projects

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Who would have guessed that Woody Allen, 80, would suddenly be such a pop star magnet? After giving the lead female role in his new movie Café Society (in theaters July 15) to Twilight icon Kristen Stewart and working with Miley Cyrus on his still-untitled limited series for Amazon, the Oscar-winning director has now cast Justin Timberlake in his next movie, scheduled to shoot this fall.

Timberlake is no stranger to working with major filmmakers, having appeared in movies by the Coen brothers and David Fincher. But it will be interesting to see if he adopts the neurotic mannerisms of Allen, as so many actors, including Jesse Eisenberg in Café Society, have done so often in his films.  

Also appearing in the cast of the new movie, in addition to the previously announced Kate Winslet, will be comic actor James Belushi, whose last widely released movie was Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, and the 26-year-old British actress Juno Temple, most recently seen in HBO’s Vinyl and last fall’s Black Mass.

All of the details — plot, characters, time period, genre — are being kept under wraps, per usual with Allen’s projects. So we’ll have to wait to find out if Timberlake, whose song from the Trolls soundtrack (“Can’t Stop the Feeling!”) is currently a huge hit, will be required to sing in the film. But Allen has asked actors to carry a tune before and the results, as you can see from his most famous movie Annie Hall, are magical.