Justin Timberlake will play the lead in a biopic of disco-era record company executive Neil Bogart, who died in 1982 aged 39, it was announced today.
The long-planned project is titled Spinning Gold and Timberlake, who is also taking a producer role, will be promoting the film at the forthcoming Cannes film festival, which he will be attending as a cast member of the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. No director has yet been attached, but Bogart's son Timothy Scott Bogart is writing the script.
Born in 1943 in Brooklyn, Bogart initially had hopes of a career as a singer, before becoming an energetic promoter of "bubblegum" pop in the late 60s as an executive for Cameo-Parkway and Buddha Records. He set up his own label, Casablanca, and proved an astute exploiter of music trends, signing first Kiss and later R&B and disco acts such Bill Withers, Donna Summer and the Village People. he was also renowned for his hard-partying lifestyle and love of excess.
In a statement, Timothy Scott Bogart said: "For over 30 years, my father's story has been the source of intense fascination ... The wait to finally tell the story had always been about partnering with the right person to play him – and the wait ended the first time Justin and I ever met."
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