Comic-Con 2011: Justin Timberlake sees ‘pressure’ in superhero roles

July 21, 2011 | 7:19 p.m.
justin timberlake Comic Con 2011: Justin Timberlake sees pressure in superhero roles

Justin Timberlake (Mike Blake/Reuters)

The Twentieth Century Fox panel in Hall H at Comic-Con International was devoted to the revival of two storied sci-fi franchises, with returns to the universes of “Alien” and the “Planet of the Apes,” but one movie Fox brought had neither the burden nor the privilege of being part of a beloved franchise: “In Time,” a futuristic thriller written and directed by “Gattaca” writer-director Andrew Niccol.

Niccol described the challenge of casting a film in which every character stops aging at 25 years old. “I was looking for new souls and old souls,” he said. “I had to find a 105-year-old man in a 25-year-old body.”

Timberlake, who appeared on stage with costar Amanda Seyfried, plays one of the young souls, a Robin Hood-like character who steals time from the rich to give to the poor. It was Timberlake’s first trip to Comic-Con, and it sounds as if he won’t be assuming any major superhero roles any time soon. “I’m scared … of the pressure of putting on the tights of a character that already exists,” he confessed.

– Rebecca Keegan

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