It sounds like “Bieber Fever” is really starting to catch on in Hollywood. He’s guest starred on CSI and his half-biopic, half concert movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, was a commercial success. And, now, he could be starring in his first scripted feature alongside Ashton Kutcher. Here’s the LA Times report:
“Bieber is eyeing a lead role in the comedy “What Would Kenny Do?” according to a person who was briefed on the project but was not authorized to speak about it publicly. The film tells of a relationship between a 17-year-old and his thirtysomething self. Said thirtysomething would be played by Ashton Kutcher, the source said."
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment would produce. Now, before everyone starts trashing this one, I think it needs to be pointed out that the script was on the Black List in 2008 and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, of 500 Days of Summer fame, were brought on to do a rewrite. So, there's a chance the story might actually be good.
Unlike most of you, I don’t despise Bieber. But, I also don’t love him either. I think he wisely was able to capitalize on the power of youtube to turn himself into a star. What is, however, a little disconcerting for me is just how quickly Hollywood will hand big roles to crossover talents who usually don’t have any real kind of acting background. Now, on occasion it does end up being successful (and to clarify I’m not talking about roles that are intentionally given to people with no acting experience). Usually, though, it leaves me thinking about all the talented actors out there who can't find work. But, that's just one man's opinion.