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Looks like Justin Timberlake is starting to take this whole acting thing rather seriously. The mega-selling pop singer has just signed on to star in writer/director Michael Meredith’s drama The Open Road, in which he’ll play a young man trying to reconnect with his father (Jeff Bridges) as he struggles to get the old man home to his ailing mother’s bedside. Kate Mara (Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall) will play Timberlake’s girlfriend, while Mary Steenburgen will take on the role of the mom. The film is scheduled to begin production this month in Louisiana.

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