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Justin Timberlake for Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold

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Story by Jack Foley

JUSTIN Timberlake is to star in music biopic Spinning Gold, about the 1970s record executive and wild man Neil Bogart.

Based on a script by Timothy Scott Bogart, Neil Bogart’s son, the project is being labelled as “a rags-to-riches story” that chronicles the rise of a poor kid from Brooklyn who went on to define pop music culture of his time.

Bogart was credited with discovering and launching the careers of Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer and the Village People before his untimely death at the age of 39.

He also founded Boardwalk Records, where he promoted the New Wave movement, and Casablanca, and was closely aligned with the rise of disco.

Timothy Scott Bogart told The Hollywood Reporter: “For over 30 years, my father’s story has been the source of intense fascination. The wait to finally tell the story had always ben about partnering with the right person to play him – and the wait ended the first time Justin I ever met.”

A director has yet to be announced for the project but the high-profile project will be unveiled at the upcoming Cannes Film Market, where Timberlake will co-host a launch party.

Timberlake will also be in Cannes for the world-wide premiere of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Lleweyn Davis, in which he stars opposite Carey Mulligan.

He’s also about to embark on a series of tour dates to promote his current album, The 20/20 Experience

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