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Jesse Eisenberg & Naomi Watts Circle Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 31, 2011 at 8:37AM

It's been a bit of a casting revolving door for Noah Baumbach's next effort "While We're Young." Last year, Ben Stiller, Gerta Gerwig and James Franco were all set to team on the film. Then, shortly after that was announced, Gerwig left and Cate Blanchett joined, only for both the actress and Franco to ultimately drop out this spring. Well, Stiller has stuck by his "Greenberg" director thus far and now two more very promising faces are said to be circling the project.
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It's been a bit of a casting revolving door for Noah Baumbach's next effort "While We're Young." Last year, Ben Stiller, Gerta Gerwig and James Franco were all set to team on the film. Then, shortly after that was announced, Gerwig left and Cate Blanchett joined, only for both the actress and Franco to ultimately drop out this spring. Well, Stiller has stuck by his "Greenberg" director thus far and now two more very promising faces are said to be circling the project.

24 Frames reports that Baumbach's "The Squid And The Whale" star Jesse Eisenberg and Naomi Watts (whose best bud Nicole Kidman starred in "Margot At The Wedding") are both in talks to join the film. The plot follows a Brooklynite twenty-something couple who inspire an older, uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up; comic mishaps ensue. Stiller and Watts would play the older duo, while Eisenberg and a yet-to-be-cast actress would play the younger half.

No word yet on when this would shoot but presumably it would have to wait until the fall when Eisenberg is back from Italy where he'll be shooting Woody Allen's "Bop Decameron" this summer. But both Stiller and Watts have open and a bit more flexible calendars at the moment.

So, Baumbach reteaming with Stiller and Eisenberg and bringing Watts into the fold? Yes, please. Say what you will about the previous iteration of the casting, but this is just as strong, if not better. Let's hope this comes together and sticks.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, While We're Young, Jesse Eisenberg, Naomi Watts


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