Justin Timberlake to star in biopic of ’70s record exec Neil Bogart

He'll play the co-founder of Casablanca Records in a new film called 'Spinning Gold'

Justin Timberlake is to star as legendary US record executive Neil Bogart in a new biopic.

Timberlake has been cast as the lead in Spinning Gold, a film charting Bogart’s rise from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to becoming co-founder and president of Casablanca Records, a label mainly associated with the ’70s disco scene. Bogart died of cancer at the age of 39 in 1982, having played a key role in the careers of artists including Donna Summer, The Village People and KISS.

The film’s script is being written by Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart, who said in a statement: “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.”

Spinning Gold‘s director has yet to be confirmed, but shooting is due to begin early next year (2014). As well as starring, Timberlake will serve as one of the film’s producers.

Meanwhile, the film’s soundtrack will see contemporary recording artists cover songs promoted by Bogart during the ’70s and early ’80s. At present, it’s not known whether Timberlake intends to contribute.

Timberlake released his first album in seven years, ‘The 20/20 Experience’, on March 18 and has confirmed that a follow-up is on its way. His latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, a Coen Brothers drama about the folk scene in ’60s New York, gets its worldwide premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month (May).