Justin Timberlake Lands 'Trolls' Role, But He's Not The First Pop Star To Voice An Animated Character
Justin Timberlake is a multi-threat. Not only is Timberlake a new dad, but he routinely entertains us with his and Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap" sketches, his movie career, and his chart-topping music. It would seem that the star has a lot on his plate, but Timberlake signed on to the Trolls movie, so we'll get to see even more of his talents!
E! News reports that Timberlake and Anna Kendrick both booked roles for the upcoming animated film. The singer will play Branch, "the 'hilariously hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors' — and sets out on an epic adventure with Princess Poppy (Kendrick). The quest takes the two far beyond the only world they have ever known and will test their strength and reveal their true colors — with lots of musical mash-ups along the way." Timberlake showing off his vocals and his sense of humor? This sounds like the perfect fit!
Timberlake is the latest in a long line of celebs to lend their voices to cartoons. (In fact, the singer previous voiced Artie in Shrek the Third!) Here are seven other pop stars who voiced animated characters in movies and on TV.
1. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore voiced Rapunzel in Tangled.
2. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift voiced Audrey in The Lorax.
Beyonce voiced Queen Tara in Epic.
4. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus voiced Penny in Bolt.
Fergie voiced Sally Brown in two made-for-television Peanuts cartoons — It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown — as well as on four episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
6. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez voiced Lucy in Home.
Rihanna voiced Tip in Home.
According to its IMDB page, Trolls will hit theaters in 2016.