Justin Timberlake heading back to the big screen

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is set to star in the title role of SK Global's upcoming dramatic feature "Palmer", SK Global co-CEOs John Penotti and Charlie Corwin announced on Thursday.

The drama will be directed by Fisher Stevens with principal photography taking place late fall.

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The film appeared on the 2016 Blacklist - the famous annual industry survey of Hollywood insiders and execs that compiles the "most liked" unproduced screenplays now circulating among producers and production companies. As he encounters difficulties from his past upon his arrival, Eddie also finds himself becoming the ward to a young boy who was abandoned by his mother.

"Justin and Fisher bring a resonant perspective to this emotional story. Timberlake's feature film credits include 'The Social Network, ' 'Wonder Wheel, ' 'Inside Llewyn Davis" and 'Trouble with the Curve.

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Whilst the movie will mark the first in several years for the "Say Something" singer, he has recently wrapped production on "Trolls World Tour", which is the animated sequel to 2016's "Trolls".

Stevens" credits include directing the documentaries "Before the Flood, ' "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds" and "The Cove". Stevens' acting credits include "Succession", "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "Hail, Caesar!" and the upcoming "Motherless Brooklyn".

SK Global is the company behind the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians and the Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, as well as Netflix's Hindi-language series Delhi Crime, which was recently renewed for a second season.

Timberlake is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment, while Stevens is repped by CAA.

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