Fans pining for more Justin Timberlake music, rejoice. The “Sexy Back” singer has signed on to provide the soundtrack for “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” THR reports.
The film (the title of which is just one word away from a George Harrison song but sounds deceptively like a Bright Eyes track) is set to start shooting later this year. Bill Purple will direct Jeffrey Dean Morgan, it-girl Chloe Moretz and Justin Timberlake’s longtime love Jessica Biel. Biel and Timberlake are supposedly tying the knot this summer.
It’s a tale of some New Orleans natives who build a raft to cross the Atlantic after Morgan’s character loses his wife. Timberlake will also serve as music superviser, per THR.
Timberlake hasn’t put out an album since 2006’s mega-popular Future Sex/Love Sounds. He has long explained his absence from music as a matter of shifting interests. Though he maintained he always loved music, he also cited the music industry as corrupting. In June of 2011, he told Playboy that music was always on his mind. “You go through these spurts when you miss it. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to involve myself in music and films as they come and go,” he said. “But I’m always writing music, always thinking about ideas for songs.”
“Unfortunately, the business of music is what taints an artist’s desire to make music,” he continued at the time. “I don’t want to paint a picture of being jaded, because I love making music. I honestly love it. But there is a level where making music becomes a total life-sucking commitment.”
But don’t expect his “Deep Blue Sea” moment to resurrect the Timberlake you know from N*SYNC. The singer has previously said he feels he “looked like a moron” during his boy band days, due in large part to his “marionette”-like desire to conform.
The “Social Network” actor recently told paparazzi that they should “get a real job”. He and Biel, who have often been spotted being affectionate, were rumored to have engaged in January of this year.