is returning to the film world—well, at least his voice is. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll be serving as executive music producer and writing and performing songs for the soundtrack of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy Trolls, which will also feature him starring alongside Anna Kendrick.
The movie, based on Thomas Dam’s iconic, wacky-haired dolls, is slated for a November 2016 release and will tell the story of Princess Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) on an adventure that will “test their strength and reveal their true colors,” according to DreamWorks. Tying Timberlake’s songwriting prowess to the project’s musical side definitely makes things more exciting. No doubt DreamWorks is hoping this ends the same way as things did the last time they brought in a big-name producer and songwriter for an animated film, when Pharrell introduced the world to “Happy” in Despicable Me 2.
As for us, we’re just happy to see Timberlake back in film. He hasn’t appeared in a movie since the Coen Brothers’ 2013 folk music period piece Inside Llewyn Davis, which featured him performing an insanely catchy novelty song called “Please Mr. Kennedy” alongside Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.