Nicole Sperling
July 28, 2010 AT 08:37 PM EDT

It might have been written as a throwaway line in a story on Deadline Hollywood, but it turns out the speculation could be true. New Regency and 20th Century Fox are talking to Justin Timberlake to star in I’m.mortal, one of the most sought-after sci-fi projects in the marketplace today. No deal is done, but by the end of the week, Timberlake could be on board to play the protagonist in the film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). Timberlake’s reps declined to comment.

I’m.mortal depicts a future where the aging gene is turned off at age 25, but to avoid overpopulation, time has become the new currency. The lead character is a poor man from the ghetto who is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time. Amanda Seyfried has already signed on to play the beautiful rich girl he kidnaps while on the run.

Production is set to begin in early fall. We’ll keep you posted as the deal progresses.

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