The announcement ended months of speculation about Timberlake's film debut, which often had paired the pop singer with producers of the upcoming "Superman" movie. Timberlake, who was rumored to be cast as Superman's sidekick, Jimmy Olsen, reviewed scripts for more than a year before deciding on the role of Joshua Pollack in "Edison," the MTV News Web site reported Wednesday.
To prepare for his role, Timberlake will shadow an undisclosed daily newspaper reporter in the coming weeks.
Film production is scheduled to begin March 8 in Vancouver, B.C.
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