Justin Timberlake poses with his award for best guest actor for a comedy series for his appearance in Saturday Night Live at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Singer Justin Timberlake has landed a high profile role in an upcoming film, The Social Network, about the creation and evolution of social networking site Facebook, the AFP reported.

Timberlake, 28, will play Facebook's founding president Sean Parker in the film which will be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher, AFP reported according to Variety.

Timberlake earlier this week picked up an Emmy for his role in SNL.

The pop singer's movie career has included a voice role in the Shrek animated blockbusters as well as The Open Road and Alpha Dog.