Olivia Wilde will be Justin Timberlake’s...mother?


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EXCLUSIVE: Fans of Olivia Wilde, she of ‘House’ fame, are about to get a hospital-size helping of the actress on the big screen.

Wilde dons the rubber and latex and struts her techno-chic in December’s futurist adventure ‘Tron: Legacy,’ in which she plays female lead Quorra. Wilde will also be seen this fall as the female lead in the murder-thriller ‘The Next Three Days’ opposite Russell Crowe.


Now sources familiar with the production say she’s been cast in Andrew Niccol’s new untitled thriller at New Regency/Fox, where she’ll play opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

The ‘Gattaca’ writer-director tells a story set in a society where aging stops at 25. (People live beyond that; they just treat time as currency -- i.e., the rich have too much of it, and the poor are forced to scrounge or steal it). Wilde will actually play the mother of Timberlake’s character. In reality, the 26-year-old Wilde is three years younger than Timberlake, but such is the magic of science-fiction premises.

Wilde -- a member of the Cockburn family of journalists, so kind of one of our own -- will then keep the screen time going with another lead performance as a tough frontierswoman in next year’s ‘Cowboys and Aliens,’ as well as parts in quirky dramedy ‘Butter’ and the lead in Ryan Reynolds body switch comedy ‘The Change-Up.’ With this new turn in the Niccol picture, we can only imagine what character she’ll play after that. Maybe Nick Lachey’s great-aunt.

--Steven Zeitchik