The Internets are abuzz this morning with a rumor that the producers of the long-in-the-works Baywatch movie are considering Justin Timberlake for the lead. According to TwitchFilm.com, he’d play “a disgraced former Olympic swimmer who tries out for the Baywatch crew.” This sounds like awesomeness along the lines of Jonah Hill’s and Channing Tatum’s 21 Jump Street characters, which renewed our faith in all TV-show-to-movie adaptations. Also, we are already planning many Justin Timberlake shirtless galleries, slo-mo running videos and GIFs.
Alas, some industry experts, like Indiewire, think JT would never go for the part, since he’s all into serious movies that prove his acting chops (like Friends With Benefits?) And maybe that’s a good thing. If he made a movie like this, and we all went to see it, since we are powerless in the face of his charms, it would mean he would keep acting all the time … which in turn means that he’ll continue NOT RECORDING MUSIC. So now, hear us, Hollywood (especially you, Baywatch studio Paramount, since we’re the same company and all, and should be working together for the greater good). DO NOT sign Justin onto your movie unless there’s a clause in his contract that requires him to record at least 14 new tracks. (None of this “music supervising” for Jessica Biel’s next movie stuff either; we want the real “Sexyback” deal.) /Rant off.
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