Director Chris Columbus is refusing to give JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE special
treatment in the forthcoming auditions for the big screen version of musical
RENT - the pop star will have to prove he can act.
Columbus, who helmed the first two Harry Potter films, is currently
writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation of Jonathan Larson's hit
Broadway show about a group of artists, drag queens and rockers living in New
York's East Village in
Pennsylvania-born Columbus is adamant all his stars will be able to sing
and act - unlike movie beauty Natalie Wood, whose vocals were dubbed in WEST
Columbus says, "The days of a Natalie Wood are past.
"If Moulin Rouge! and Chicago taught us anything, it's you need actors who
can sing. They also need to be able to act."
'N Sync heart-throb Timberlake has always been vocal about his desire to
play nerdy filmmaker MARK and has just finished his big screen debut in the
Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman movie EDISON.
Columbus explains, "Justin's dying to do it, but I'm making everybody take
As well as penning the script and directing the film, Columbus is also
producing Rent alongside Spike Lee and Robert De Niro.