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Justin Timberlake toasts ‘The Last Drop’

Peter Sollett attached to direct Good Universe pic

Trouble With the Curve” star Justin Timberlake is having no trouble lining up his next job, as he’s in talks to topline Good Universe’s romantic dramedy “The Last Drop,” sources familiar with the project tell Variety.

Peter Sollett, who previously worked with the Good Universe team on “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” is attached to direct from a script by Brandon and Phil Murphy that appeared on the 2011 Black List.

Should a deal make, Timberlake would play a charming alcoholic who works as a restaurant critic for New York Magazine. When he falls for a young woman, he realizes he must overcome his self-destructive addiction in order to have a real chance with her.

Greg Shapiro (“The Hurt Locker”) will produce via his Kingsgate Films banner, while Good Universe toppers Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will exec produce.

Timberlake continues to eschew blockbuster fare in favor of challenging dramatic material, having previously earned strong reviews for his perfs in Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog” and David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” He next stars alongside Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan in the Coen brothers’ folk music pic “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and just wrapped the online gaming drama “Runner, Runner” with Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie. Timberlake can currently be seen opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in WB’s baseball dramedy “Trouble With the Curve.”

Sollett directed the acclaimed 2002 indie “Raising Victor Vargas” before going on to helm “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” He recently became attached to direct the equal rights drama “Freeheld,” written by Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”).

The Murphys recently wrote a drama for Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced about the relationship between Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the band recorded its classic “Exile on Main Street” album. They’re also developing a Steve McQueen biopic for Sony and producer Jerry Weintraub.

WME reps Timberlake, Sollett and the Murphys, who are also repped by Mosiac. Additionally, Timberlake is repped by manager Rick Yorn and Ziffren, Brittenham, while Sollett is repped by Oasis Media Group and attorney Todd Rubenstein.

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