Justin Timberlake is the latest star to join the cast of the new Mike Myers’ comedy The Love Guru in which he essays his first original character since Austin Powers. The Paramount Pictures production is co-financed by Spgylass Entertainment and will be distributed by Paramount worldwide.
Timberlake who was part of the voice ensemble led by Myers in the blockbuster summer hit Shrek the Third will play Jacques Grande, a professional hockey player in The Love Guru, alongside the previously announced Jessica Alba, Romany Malco and Verne Troyer.
Recently, in addition to recording a multi-platinum album “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which produced four consecutive #1 singles, and launching a highly lauded “FutureSex/LoveShow,” the winner of multiple Grammy Awards appeared in three other films in 2007. Earlier this year, he earned rave reviews for Universal’s crime drama Alpha Dog co-starring Emile Hirsh, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone. He also starred in Paramount Vantage’s Black Snake Moan, Craig Brewer’s follow-up to his Sundance hit Hustle and Flow, alongside Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and opened in late February. Later in the year, Timberlake will join the ensemble cast of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore in Southland Tales from Richard Kelly, the director of the cult hit Donnie Darko.
Timberlake has hosted two memorable episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” The skit “D*ck in a Box,” in which he appeared with Andy Samberg, received an Emmy nomination this year. HBO will air the “FutureSex/LoveShow” on Labor Day, September 3, 2007.
The film is directed by Marco Schnabel, who served as second unit director on Austin Powers in Goldmember and Meet the Parents. The screenwriters are Myers and Graham Gordy. The producers are Myers and Michael De Luca (Ghost Rider). Donald J. Lee, Jr. (World Trade Center), Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber are the executive producers.
In the comedy, “The Love Guru” (Myers), Pitka is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. He moves back to the U.S. to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Malco) and his estranged wife. After the split, Roanoke’s wife starts dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (Timberlake) out of revenge, sending her husband into a major professional skid — to the horror of the teams’ owner Jane Bullard (Alba) and Coach Cherkov (Troyer). Pitka must return the couple to marital nirvana and get Roanoke back on his game so the team can break the 40-year-old “Bullard Curse” and win the Stanley Cup.