Justin Timberlake has landed some interesting movie roles over the past few years, including an amateur musician, a factory worker turned crook, and a tech mogul. But are you prepared to see him (bathing) suit up as a 1950s-era lifeguard?
In case you haven’t heard, Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Woody Allen have teamed up to bring us Wonder Wheel, a Coney Island-set period drama about Ginny (Winslet), a former actress turned waitress who falls in love with Mickey, a handsome lifeguard (Timberlake). Ginny’s plans are derailed when her stepdaughter Carolina (Vinyl’s Juno Temple) enters the picture and also ends up falling for Mickey. Amazon Studios recently released a few new photos from the film, some of which you can check out below.
Shockingly, Allen was totally unfamiliar with Timberlake’s music career before casting him. In fact, it was Timberlake’s turn as Napster founder Sean Parker in The Social Network that captured Allen’s attention.
“I had seen Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie in just a few perfunctory moments while I was on the treadmill,” Allen told Inquirer Entertainment. “I would be tuning in and be saying, ‘Who is that guy? He seems to be very good.’ So I remember him from the Facebook movie and I don’t know him from the music world. He always seemed like a very interesting actor.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Winslet gushed about working with Timberlake and explained that working with the triple threat was like working with “some guy named Justin” instead of someone who’s had a long, accolade-filled career. “He’s totally unvain, he has an absolutely infuriating ability to learn lines fast, and he’s an all-around great person,” Winslet admitted. “Humble, fun, hard-working, easygoing, no ego. Such a joy, really”
But unfortunately for Winslet, filming the movie wasn’t entirely stress-free. “I was actually shell-shocked because of the volume of the dialogue,” Winslet told Vanity Fair during the Toronto International Film Festival. “Just the scope and the complexity of this woman was really overwhelming. I remember thinking, ‘I can’t.’ And my husband went, ‘What are you talking about? Come on. You are not going to get another go at this.’ I almost wanted to cry. I thought, ‘Do I have to do this?’”
Based on the dreamy, expressive photos we’ve seen so far, it looks like Winslet’s hard work totally paid off. No trailers for the film have been released yet, but look out for more updates before Wonder Wheel comes out in theatres on December 1.