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May 1, 2013

[Casting News] Naomi Watts in Negotiations for Noah Baumbach Movie

5/1/2013 - THR

She'd join "Girls'"Adam Driver, Ben Stiller in the Scott Rudin-produced comedy, "While We're Young."

Noah Baumbach is once again trying to mount his midlife crisis for hipsters movie While We're Young.

Naomi Watts is in talks to star opposite Ben Stiller, and Girls' star Adam Driver is also in talks to join the project, which will likely shoot in the fall in New York.

The project has been on and off for Baumbach and even for some of its stars. Both Stiller and Driver were around in an earlier incarnation that included Greta Gerwig, but a consistent problem with the project has been securing financing. In fact, a scheduled spring shoot didn't happen for that very reason. But Watts' involvement would help the filmmaker secure the coin.

Written by Baumbach, the story revolves around an uptight documentary filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple. Driver would play one half of the younger couple. Amanda Seyfried's name has surfaced as a candidate for the mate of Driver's character.

(Other incarnations of this project have included James Franco, Cate Blanchett and Jesse Eisenberg.)

Baumbach's frequent collaborator Scott Rudin is producing.

Watts, who will next be seen in Sunlight Jr. and Two Mothers, also has the Princess Diana biopic Diana in the can. The Aussie star is currently filming the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu comedy Birdman and has St. Vincent de Van Nuys on tap.

She is repped by CAA and manager Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment.


Anonymous said...

...and speaking of Sunlight jr and Two Mothers when am I'm going to get to see those two movies? Just been to IMDB and still nothing about when 2 moms is going to be released in any English speaking market and still no trailer for Sunlight. Grrr.

johnQ said...

This was rumored before, this time seems real. I just think Ben Stiller is not a good match.

s2 said...

Does this mean for this year, she will be fully occupied leaving no room for Deseret Queen and Blonde?

Anonymous said...

3 moives coming out and 3 movies on the filming line, I think she is stressing too much.