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Timberlake, who hasn't made any solo recordings since his 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds, will be composing new music for Biel's upcoming film The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea, The Wrap reports. Biel, 30, will both star in and produce the drama, about a grieving widower (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who tries to get over the pain of losing his wife (Biel) by helping a young girl (Chloe Moretz) build a raft to sail the ocean. News of Timberlake's participation was revealed at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
In recent years, Timberlake, 31, has focused his attention on film acting -- to the extent that he seemed ready to give up his music career. In 2010, he told Entertainment Weekly that he'd "never stop making music," but said that when it came to the music industry, "I just don't know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore." A year later, he basically admitted that he had stopped making music.
"I don't have a single song ready to go," the Friends with Benefits star told Playboy in 2011. "People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don't know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year but right now it's not where it's at for me."
On the other hand, Timberlake has never had a problem making music in tandem with his acting career. He performed songs in Bad Teacher and Southland Tales, has done countless musical numbers on Saturday Night Live, and will play guitar-strumming troubadour in the upcoming 1960s period piece Inside Llewyn Davis.
Writing film scores may be a perfect way for the former boy band member to combine his two great loves, music and movies. He wouldn't be the first musician to take that route: Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Trent Reznor and Paul McCartney are among the many musicians who have composed for the silver screen. And maybe, once Timberlake is back in the studio, he'll be inspired to keep going and finally make a new album. If he does, then we all have Jessica Biel to thank!