The year 1995 brought NSYNC into the limelight and the youngest member of the popular boy band, who also doubled up as the lead vocalist, slowly rose to prominence. Justin Timberlake could dance; he could sing; he could write songs and he could even act! And his previous stint in front of the camera on television shows, gave him an opportunity to star in movies, initially in strong supporting roles, which later shifted to lead characters. Here’s the list of top 10 movies that transformed Justin Timberlake, the singer, into the actor that we know today.
10. Shrek The Third (2007)
Post the events of ‘Shrek 2’, Prince Charming is hoping to rule Far, Far Away, but a dying King wants son-in-law Shrek to take over. When the ogre messes it all up, the King asks Shrek to bring in his nephew Arthur as the new king. The animated movie then follows the adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey to Merlin’s island, where they find an underachieving Arthur, much to everyone else’s surprise. Justin Timberlake did a fine job with his voice talent, something that he has always been a pro at.
9. Wonder Wheel (2017)
Set in the 1950s, the Woody Allen-directed period drama features Kate Winslet as a former actress-turned-waitress, now married to a carousel operator, whose mundane life takes a turn, when she sets sight on a young and handsome lifeguard at the amusement park, where she works with her husband. Four lives intertwine as events bring them together after gangsters chase the waitress’ step-daughter, also in love with the lifeguard. Justin Timberlake convincingly played the lifeguard, who falls for the former actress.
8. Trolls (2016)
When the Bergen king banishes his chef for not having completed the task he was assigned, the chef intrudes the Troll village amid their celebrations and captures a handful of tiny creatures to take back to his king. Branch, a grumpy Troll, along with Princess Poppy, then goes on a mission to rescue her friends and the film tracks the adventures of the misfit duo as they hesitantly try to get along. Justin Timberlake lent his voice to the lead Troll character Brach and needless to say again, did a commendable job behind the cameras.
7. Friends With Benefits (2011)
The breezy rom-com directed by Will Gluck had a long list of actors in the cast, but the lead actors Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis stood out with their performances. The film followed the story of two strangers, who work for the prestigious GQ magazine and become thick friends over a period of time. As the twosome has been unlucky in love all the time, they get romantically involved with each other and believe that adding sex to the relationship will not spoil it, until it all goes haywire. The lead pair’s crackling chemistry and Justin Timberlake’s earnest efforts paid off for the movie in the end.
6. In Time (2011)
Justin Timberlake starred in the sci-fi thriller directed by Andrew Niccol and proved his acting was not limited to rom-coms only. The film told the story in a distant future, where people stop aging after their 25th birthdays and start living by a clock that ticks away on their forearms. When time thieves try to rob an old man of his “life-time”, Will steps in to save him, only to realize the robbery is the tip of the iceberg. The movie, which had gotten into controversies, did fairly well at the box office and Justin Timberlake earned rave reviews for his mature performance.
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