After being tapped to star opposite Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve", Justin Timberlake has secured another potential high-end movie project on his plate. The pop sensation-turned-actor has landed a role in a dramatic thriller called "Runner, Runner", which is newly acquired by New Regency.
According to Variety, Timberlake is expected to star opposite Ben Affleck, who is finalizing his negotiation to join the movie. Serving as the director, meanwhile, is "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman.
Major storyline of "Runner, Runner" remains scarce for now, but it is said that the movie will be set in a $30 billion world of illegal online gambling. The sreenplay is written by scribe duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who also wrote 1998's "Rounders" about the underground world of high-stakes poker.
Producing the upcoming thriller are Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way's partner Jennifer Killoran, as well as Double Feature's Michael Shambeg and Stacey Sher. Appian Way initially developed the project at Paramount Pictures, before it was sold to New Regency.
As for Timberlake, in addition to "Trouble with the Curve", the actor will next be seen in Coen brothers' folk music film "Inside Llewyn Davis". Affleck, on the other hand, is finishing his latest directorial debut "Argo", which will hit the U.S. theaters on October 12.