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Justin Timberlake could be returning to the world of music -- but it's not to make a new album. The Oscar-winning Coen Bros. are reportedly courting the 30-year-old pop star-turned-actor to star as an East Greenwich Village folk singer in the 1960s-set movie Inside Llewyn Davis.
If Timberlake accepts the role, he would share the spotlight with Drive star Oscar Isaac as one of the two lead characters in the movie. Isaac is playing the titular character Llewyn Davis, a struggling folk singer loosely based on Village legend Dave Van Ronk. Variety is reporting that Timberlake has been offered the role of Jim, a fellow folk singer who is married to Carey Mulligan's Jean and is based on folk singer Tom Paxton. John Goodman also was recently cast in the film.
This would be Timberlake's third leading role in the past year. He also starred in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, and in this past weekend's sci-fi thriller In Time. In addition, Timberlake has recently beefed up his resume with strong supporting turns in David Fincher's The Social Network and the summer comedy Bad Teacher, opposite ex Cameron Diaz.
Although he hasn't released an album since 2006's Future Sex/Love Sounds, Timberlake has been slowly circling back toward his music career. In addition to Inside Llewyn Davis, which would most likely have Timberlake performing some musical numbers, he also produced -- and performed on -- an album for FreeSol. And he just performed alongside Late Night host Jimmy Fallon in the third installment of "History of Rap."
But while Timberlake singing on the big screen might be music to his fans' ears, landing this role could actually push him farther from a return to a career as a recording artist. Playing Sean Parker in Fincher's The Social Network earned JT some major cred in Hollywood, and landing a starring role under the direction of the well-respected Coen Bros. would almost certainly transform him into A-list talent. Who knows, he might even get an Oscar nomination for it.