After Justin Bieber: Never Say Never brought in a ton of cash at the box-office it was only a matter of time before Bieber made a made the move to starring roles. He's already been starring on TV, so I guess it's a natural (albeit unfortunate) progression.
Bieber is attached to star in a lead role in What Would Kenny Do? according to the LA Times. The film tells of "a relationship between a 17-year-old and his thirtysomething self." Ashton Kutcher would play the thirtysomething version. The project has been in development for months with Bieber both in mind and on board. The plan was to originally shoot this year, but Bieber's touring obligations could push it to 2012. The film is set up at Sony and will be produced by Kutcher's Katalyst Entertainment and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. This makes sense since Bieber and Jaden Smith are friends.
Chris Baldi wrote the scrip for the film, which landed on Hollywood’s Black List in 2008. The story is an R-rated comedy describing "a teenager who meets a hologram claiming to be the adult version of himself; the hologram then helps guide the teen through high school. The project was originally set up at MGM label United Artists when MGM was under different management." Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer) wrote a new draft of the script, which is reportedly a bit less raunchy draft. The new version involves Kutcher's "successful character actually jumping back in time to help the present-day Bieber, who remains awkward." A new writer and director are currently being sought.
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