Though he threatened retirement from acting back in 2008, Clint Eastwood is stepping in front of the camera again – this time for a baseball movie called Trouble with the Curve. With Amy Adams joining him as his on-screen daughter, the cast is already looking impressive – and now they’ve added a certain former boy band member in a key role. Read on for more.
According to Variety, the story follows “an aging baseball scout with vision problems who takes a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to take a look at a hot prospect.” Justin Timberlake has signed on to play a character named Johnny Flanagan, a friend of Eastwood’s and rival scout who works for the Yankees and has eyes for Amy Adams’ character.
With Moneyball recently scoring a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it seems like now is the right time to jump on the “prestige sports movie” bandwagon. All cynicism aside, though, this looks like a worthy role for Eastwood. I also happen to like Justin Timberlake quite a bit as an actor, so I hope this project lives up to its potential. Where do you stand? Should he go back to singing, or did his performance in The Social Network make you reassess his acting ability?
The film will be the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, who built a career as an assistant director and served as a producer on many of Eastwood’s films. Trouble with the Curve is set for release on September 28th.