It’s the obvious joke, but it’s true: watching the Friends with Benefits trailer, it’s hard not to be reminded that A) Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis starred in Black Swan, and B) Natalie Portman appeared in the very similar movie No Strings Attached. It makes you wonder what their discussions were like on the set of Black Swan about their next films. No Strings Attached came out in January, where the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis version is due this summer on July 22. Take a look at the trailer.

Thanks to Digital Spy for the trailer. This trailer makes the film look funnier than No Strings, which was a misfire. Perhaps that’s because this one’s  directed by Will Gluck, who charmed last year with Easy A (and the trailer shows Emma Stone making a cameo for her previous director). It’s also got a more confident release date, and sells the comedy stronger than the premise.

The trailer features a strong supporting cast (then again, so did No Strings), with Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman and Andy Samberg featured. The film also stars Rashida Jones and Richard Jenkins.

Also of note: between this and Bad Teacher, Justin Timberlake is now committed to his acting career. Having made a strong impression on “Saturday Night Live” and in The Social Network, Timberlake has been acting for a while now, but it seems he’s gunning to be a leading man status. This will be the film to prove if people will turn out for Timberlake, actor – where before Network his previous roles came off as more stunt casting.

Do you buy Justin Timberlake as a leading man?