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Justin Timberlake has signed on for Dreamworks’ TROLLS, the animated musical comedy based on the popular Troll dolls from the 60s and the 90s. Mike Mitchell is directing a script from Glenn Berger and Jonathan Aibel, both of whom are veteran Dreamworks writers for the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Gina Shay will produce, and Dannie Festa will executive produce.
Timberlake will be playing Branch, a survivalist Troll who accompanies Anna Kendrick’s character, Poppy, on her adventure. The dolls were originally based on a gift created by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam for his daughter in 1959. Dam continued making the toys in plastic after the originals became popular, and then they became a craze in the 60s and again in the 90s.
Timberlake was last seen in Inside Llewyn Davis. He is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Variety.