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Hanging with the folks

“In Time” star Justin Timberlake has been offered one of the lead roles in the Coen brothers’ folk music pic “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

The Coens have offered Timberlake the role of Jim, a folk musician married to Jean, to be played by Carey Mulligan.

Oscar Isaac (“Drive”) stars as the title character, a struggling folk musician.

Should he accept the Coens’ offer, Timberlake would reunite with his “Social Network” producer Scott Rudin — and have a key role in one of next year’s most prestigious pics.

StudioCanal is set to co-finance the film, which will be made without a domestic distribution partner. Timberlake is repped by WME and manager Rick Yorn.

Murray has role in ‘Mind’

Eight years after earning an Oscar nom for his perf in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” Bill Murray has signed on to work with her older brother, joining the cast of Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.”

Patricia Arquette and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have also come aboard. Trio will co-star alongside Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza and Katheryn Winnick.

Independent has come onboard to handle international sales for the project, which will be introduced at the AFM. Cinetic is handling North American sales.

Magic time for Gandolfini

“The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini is going from mob boss to magician’s boss, as he’s in negotiations to join Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the New Line comedy “Burt Wonderstone.”

Carell stars as half of a once-successful Las Vegas magic duo that must reunite to square off against a hot-shot street magician (Carrey) whose tricks are often dangerous. Gandolfini is in talks to play a billionaire casino owner.

For the pic’s female lead, New Line is focusing on just two actresses, Olivia Wilde and Sarah Silverman.

Don Scardino is directing the laffer.

Gandolfini is repped by CAA, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and attorney David Weber.

Pair stock up for Donaldson pic

Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom have joined Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor in writer-director Roger Donaldson’s indie thriller “Cities.”

Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Curling are producing; Parlay Films is selling international rights at the American Film Market.

Project, described as a cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place in the exuberant months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high, reunites Dunst and Bloom, who first appeared together in Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” in 2005.

UTA’s Independent Film Group helped to package the film and structure the financing and will represent domestic rights with CAA.

Dunst is repped by UTA and Bloom by CAA.

German star Til Schweiger is taking a break from his trademark screwball comedies and getting deadly serious for his next pic, an action thriller about a professional hitman.

Schweiger is writing, directing and producing “The Guardian,” in which he will also star.

The multi-hyphenate will produce via his Berlin-based Barefoot Films. Paul Maurice is co-writing the script.

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