Timberlake will also serve as executive music producer for the DreamWorks Animation film, which is based on the famous, frizzy-haired toys. “I have always envisioned bringing the two worlds of film and music together for one epic event,” Timberlake said in a statement.
In the movie, Timberlake will voice Branch, previously described by the studio as “a hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors.” In the movie, Branch embarks on a journey to discover his roots alongside Princess Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick. Trolls is directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) and is scheduled to open November 4th.
Trolls will mark Timberlake’s first movie since 2013, when he appeared in Runner Runner and the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. The new music he’ll pen for the animated feature will also be his first since that same year, when he released his two-part album, The 20/20 Experience.
Timberlake has been relatively quiet since wrapping up his extensive tour behind The 20/20 Experience, in part to help raise his first child with wife Jessica Biel. Last November, Timberlake appeared alongside country music underdog Chris Stapleton at the CMA Awards for a show-stopping performance of George Jones’ “Tennessee Whiskey” and his own 20/20 cut “Drink You Away.”