A Sony Pictures representative has dismissed reports suggesting Justin Timberlake has been tapped to star alongside young Quvenzhane Wallis in the upcoming remake of movie musical Annie.

The singer/actor was rumoured to be in consideration to portray Daddy Warbucks, the role made famous by Albert Finney in the 1982 classic, after working with the film's producer Jay Z on his new song Suit & Tie.

However, a spokesperson for the studio behind Annie has denied the claims, which would have pitted Timberlake opposite the Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar nominee Wallis, who has replaced Will Smith's daughter Willow as the lead in the film.

The rep tells GossipCop.com the reports are "not true" and insists Timberlake is not involved at all with director Will Gluck's film, which is slated for release next year (14).