Love him or hate him, Justin Timberlake seems destined to become a major league Hollywood player, and an A-list actor. Following the path balzed by others like Will Smith, the one-time boy-bander has put in his dues, and appeared in several films where he stood out. With each new positive review, Timberlake has moved ever upward on the Hollywood scene towards his own big budget starring vehicle. Following his success in The Social Network, it appears that Timberlake may have found the big-budget role that could cement his place among the next-wave of Hollywood stars.
Coming later this Fall, Timberlake and another future mega-star, Amanda Seyfried (Red Riding Hood, Dear John) star in the $100 million film, In Time. Joining them are a handful of others that are destined to receive obscene amounts of money for each film in the future including: Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy and Alex Pettyfer to name a few.
The plot is basically Logan’s Run with a twist. In the near future, the aging gene has been discovered and turned off. Upon birth, every child is given 25 years of life. Currency has been replaced by units of time which people work to earn, and spend to live. As with any form of currency, there are people that have a lot of it. These people are more-or-less immortal, and live a life of the elite.
Timberlake plays Will Sylas, an average guy with a low paying job and a mother that is running low on time, and therefore dying. He is soon caught up in a murder that he is blamed for, but he also inherits a fortune in time from a wealthy stranger. As Sylas tries to integrate into the high society and is slightly horrified by their waste and greed, a corrupt police force is doggedly pursuing him.
The film is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War), and it hits theaters on October 28.