Pop star Justin Timberlake has been looking into an old lawsuit filed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and DENZEL WASHINGTON - to research his role as a reporter in a new movie.

The CRY ME A RIVER hunk is branching into acting and has been trailing PULITZER PRIZE-winning journalist BOB PORTERFIELD to research his part in EDISON.

Timberlake studied the action stars' lawsuit - against an electronics firm that used their likeness in adverts without permission - for about 45 minutes at Los Angeles's county courthouse.

ASSOCIATED PRESS journalist Porterfield says, "He was interested in learning how you retrieve these public records. Basically, I showed him how you find them, how you request them.

"I thought he was sharp. He seemed attentive and interested in learning this stuff. He has a real interest in developing his part. He took quite a few notes."

Police corruption thriller Edison is set to start shooting in Canada in the next few weeks, and also stars Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and LL Cool J.

02/03/2004 18:01