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James Franco and Cate Blanchett drop out of Noah Baumbach's While We're Young

03.07.2011

When production is set to start on your film soon but your film keeps leaking actors, what's a Noah Baumbach to do?

Such is the case with the writer-director's latest project WHILE WE'RE YOUNG. The film had originally been aiming for a cast that included Ben Stiller (GREENBERG), Greta Gerwig (GREENBERG), James Franco (RISE OF THE APES), and Cate Blanchett (THE HOBBIT). Gerwig didn't work out due to scheduling, and now word comes that both Franco and Blanchett are dropping out, leaving Stiller all by his lonesome. Franco's recent commitment to Sam Raimi's OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL prompted his departure, while Blanchett's reasons are unknown (though likely due to Peter Jackson's soon-to-start-filming THE HOBBIT). What this means for Baumbach's poor dramedy is anyone's guess.

WHILE WE'RE YOUNG "follows a free-spirited twenty-something Brooklyn couple (a now yet-to-be-cast duo) who inspires a documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (???) to loosen up -- with comedic consequences."
Extra Tidbit: I saw Mila Kunis' name being tossed about as a possible replacement for Gerwig. What other actors do you feel could fit the remaining vacant roles?
Source: Just Jared

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2:47PM on 03/07/2011
Isn't Kunis meant to also be in that Oz film alongside James Franco, as a witch or something? Wouldn't that mean she couldn't so this film either?
Isn't Kunis meant to also be in that Oz film alongside James Franco, as a witch or something? Wouldn't that mean she couldn't so this film either?
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