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Justin Timberlake is lacing up his skates to join the cast of Paramount Pictures’ Mike Myers comedy “The Love Guru.”
Timberlake will play Jacques Grande, a professional hockey player.
The film is slated to go into production in September in Toronto. Marco Schnabel will direct from a script by Myers and Graham Gordy.
In the comedy, the Love Guru (Myers) — an American raised by gurus who moves back to the U.S. to get into the self-help business — is challenged to settle a rift between a star Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player (Romany Malco) and his estranged wife. After the split, his wife begins dating Los Angeles Kings star Grande out of revenge. This sends her husband into a professional skid, to the horror of Toronto team owner (Jessica Alba) and coach (Verne Troyer).
Spyglass Entertainment will co-finance the film, to be produced by Myers and Michael De Luca. Donald Lee Jr., Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber will executive produce. A release is planned for June 20, 2008.
Timberlake, now on his FutureSex/LoveShow concert tour, was a member of the Myers-led voice ensemble in DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Third.” His recent credits include “Alpha Dog.” He next will appear in Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales,” which is slated to open Nov. 9.
Timberlake is repped by the Firm and the Schiff Co.
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