Justin Timberlake has been having a good year it seems. He’s now a father, with his wife Jessica Biel giving birth to their first child Silas. He was honored with a pretty big award at the iHeartRadio ceremony earlier this year. And it seems he’s going to be working with a pretty solid director on a new project. That director is Jonathan Demme, who recently just directed Meryl Streep in Diablo Cody’s Ricki and the Flash.
Timberlake has recruited Demme to film the final date on the 20/20 tour at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. And this fall, Demme plans to edit the footage into an independently financed, as-yet untitled feature. “It’s very emotional, very exciting,” says Demme with barely contained enthusiasm. “It’s a space age music film!”
“There’s tremendous dancing in this piece,” says Demme. “He’s got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance.”
Of Justin Timberlake, the filmmaker adds: “He’s a funky Fred Astaire!” What do you think about all this?