Justin Timberlake has been offered one of the lead roles in the Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's folk music film Inside Llewyn Davis.

The story focuses on the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and the title character is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk, a folk singer who was friends with Bob Dylan, among other famous musicians.

Justin Timberlake would play the role of Jim, a folk musician married to Jean, played by Carey Mulligan.

Drive's Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, a struggling folk musician born and bred in Queens. Despite being a talented singer and guitarist, he just can't seem to make ends meet playing music.

Production is scheduled for early next year in New York City.