Apparently, Nikki Finke's Deadline has so much news piling on their laps, they don't know what to do with it all. This may be why a scoop on the possible casting for what could turn out to be a high-profile science fiction movie was buried in a post about possible candidates to take over for Simon Cowell on "American Idol."
In this case, she was talking about Justin Timberlake, who could be a viable candidate for the reality show if he wasn't so busy making music and trying to have a movie career. It's the latter part that's of most interest to us, because buried in that bit of television gossip, she also says,
"And he's been offered the lead in the Andrew Niccols-directed I'm Mortal for New Regency and Fox."
Being cast in I'm.mortal seems like a pretty big deal, especially just two weeks after actress Amanda Seyfried was offered the lead in the movie set in a future society where people can't age and can only stay alive as long as they pay. Seyfried is playing the role of a woman kidnapped by a man whose time has expired so he goes on the run, taking her with him. Some probably presumed that this man would be significantly older than the 29-year-old pop sensation though having an actor closer to Seyfried's age (24) would probably make more sense in the grander scheme of things.
As we know, being offered the lead and actually signing on the dotted line to take the part are two different things, but certainly this bit of potential casting news deserved better treatment than being buried in an "American Idol" story.