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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.