Wayne Coyne Wants to Cast Justin Timberlake in Flaming Lips Movie

March 9, 2010 10:07 AM ET

It took seven long years for the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to make his oddball sci-fi flick Christmas on Mars, but the frontman tells Billboard he's already behind the camera working on his next film. While the new movie is decidedly more down-to-earth than Christmas on Mars — instead of building UFO sets for each scene, the majority of this film will be shot at a nearby slaughterhouse — Coyne does have one astronomical dream for this new flick: to get Justin Timberlake to appear in it.

Whereas Christmas on Mars featured the Lips themselves in the main roles, Coyne says this time around he's going to try to recruit some professionals, and some big name professionals at that. "I'm gonna try to get real actors, too," he reveals, "celebrities to show up and have fun with us for a couple of nights. I'm in the process of begging Justin Timberlake to be part of it; if I'm lucky I'll be able to wear him down in another year." Coyne has proven his ability to recruit famous friends to appear on camera, as Christmas featured cameos by actor Adam Goldberg, Blue's Clues' Steve Burns, SNL's Fred Armisen and, in a scene cut from the film, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock.

In addition to working on his latest film, as Rolling Stone previously reported, Flaming Lips will perform their version of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon at this year's Bonnaroo festival. The Lips will also launch a tour this Friday, March 12th with a pair of shows in Texas before heading out east in April.

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