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Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Loses James Franco & Cate Blanchett; Ben Stiller Still In

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 6, 2011 5:37 AM
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With filming set to kick off in June, Noah Baumbach just lost two huge names from his gestating relationship dramedy "While We're Young."

JustJared reports that James Franco and Cate Blanchett, who both boarded the project late last year, have now exited the film. The always busy Franco signed on last month to star in Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful," creating a scheduling conflict that has forced him to bow out of the indie film. As for Blanchett, no reason is given for her departure, but perhaps her commitment to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films have caused a traffic jam on her calendar for the summer.

The silver lining is that there is still time for Baumbach to round up replacements and with Ben Stiller still attached, we're sure that it shouldn't be too difficult to slot in some new leads. This certainly isn't the first time Baumbach has had to scramble for new actors; "Greenberg" was originally set to star Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams before Stiller and Greta Gerwig took the roles.

As for "While We're Young," it finds Baumbach in some very familiar territory as it chronicles a Brooklynite twenty-something couple who inspire an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up; comic mishaps ensue. Franco and another actress were originally set to play the 20-something couple, while Stiller and Blanchett would play the other pair in the story (and Blanchett herself was taking the part from Jennifer Jason Leigh who split with Baumbach last year). We'll have to wait and see how it takes shape in the coming weeks.

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  • Nick | March 7, 2011 11:16 AMReply

    That sucks. I was looking forward to seeing Blanchett in a Baumbach film. I'm sure he'll find other people who will work though. Stiller and Gerwig work perfect for Greenberg, and I can't imagine a different cast now.

  • TheInSneider | March 6, 2011 9:16 AMReply

    I know who it's gonna be but can't say yet... stay tuned KJ. :)

  • Jeff | March 6, 2011 8:38 AMReply

    Haha, I think we posted that at the same time, Alex! Nice.

  • Jeff | March 6, 2011 8:35 AMReply

    I don't know if Nicole Kidman is available but I thought she and Baumbach worked wonders together last time they worked together. She'd be a worthy replacement, I'd say.

  • Alex | March 6, 2011 8:34 AMReply

    It's probably not possible but since Nicole Kidman was astounding in Margot at the Wedding, she should be the one to replace Blanchett.

    If not, it's probably going to be Elizabeth Banks, Amy Adams or Naomi Watts could be good.

  • Hayden Maxwell | March 6, 2011 7:27 AMReply

    I predict Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, and Amy Adams

  • Ken | March 6, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    won't Ruffalo be busy with the next Hulk movie?

  • Edward Davis | March 6, 2011 3:54 AMReply

    i love the Elizabeth Banks suggestion. I think she could work perfectly within Baumbach's world. Also, since Amy Adams and Ruffalo were supposed to be in "Greenberg," it would nice to bring them back for this one.

  • erika | March 6, 2011 12:05 AMReply

    Kidman's plate is more than full : she's filming Hemingway & Gellhorn right now, then late spring she's supposed to shoot the Chan-Wok Pak movie, then in July she is scheduled to come to Germany to shoot The Danish Girl. And in december she's on the Broadway Stage. And she just had a new baby !

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