Noah Baumbach Re-Teams With Ben Stiller, Adds James Franco, for While We’re Young


Noah Baumbach is readying a Greenberg reunion of sorts: Our spies tell us that the writer-director is just now setting up his next project, While We’re Young, with Ben Stiller and James Franco already attached to star, and the project on offer to Greta Gerwig and to Cate Blanchett. Longtime Baumbach producer Scott Rudin (Greenberg, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Margot at the Wedding) will again produce.

The script is being kept under tight security, but we’re told that it’s about a free-spirited Brooklynite twentysomething couple (Franco — and, possibly, Gerwig) who inspire an uptight documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (possibly Blanchett, pending the resolution of some scheduling issues) to loosen up — with comedic consequences.

We’re told the role on offer to Blanchett was likely originally intended for Baumbach’s Greenberg co-writer and spouse, Jennifer Jason Leigh, but since she just filed for divorce from the director last week, well, don't hold your breath.