September 15, 2015 / 4:08 PM / 3 years ago

Justin Timberlake to raise hair as singing troll

Singer Justin Timberlake poses with his iHeartRadio Innovator Award backstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Award-winning singer, actor and heartthrob Justin Timberlake will star in “Trolls”, a DreamWorks animated musical about the spiky-haired Danish dolls, the studio said on Tuesday.

Timberlake will play Branch, a “hilariously hardcore survivalist”, joining Anna Kendrick as Princess Poppy in the first movie adaptation starring the Danish toys, which have already played cameos roles in Pixar’s Toy Story movies.

The blank-gazed dolls with colorful spiky hairdos were inspired by Scandinavian troll folklore. They were first crafted in 1959 by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his daughter, and grew in popularity in the sixties.

The movie will be directed by Mike Mitchell, who is well qualified by virtue of his experience on DreamWorks’ other troll franchise, Shrek. It will be released on Nov. 4, 2016 by 20th Century Fox.

Reporting by Alexander Tange; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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