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Ben Stiller, James Franco Eye Roles in Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

The two actors are in hush-hush talks with Cate Blanchett to star in the dramatic comedy.

Ben Stiller and James Franco may be teaming up for Noah Baumbach's latest project, While We're Young.

The actors are in whispered talks along with Cate Blanchett to be involved with the dramatic comedy, which Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin are packaging before taking out to buyers. The project is at such an early stage that any actor's involvement is tenuous, caution sources.

The original script, by Baumbach, is described as being more accessible and more commercial then Baumbach's previous movie, Greenberg (which also starred Stiller). The story centers on a free-spirited couple who have an impact on a documentarian and his wife, getting the latter duo to loosen up.

It's the second original project to which Rudin is in the midst of attaching; the producer is talking to Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and several others to star in Moon Rise Kingdom, the new original project from Wes Anderson.

The project is one of the few to which Franco has boarded since garnering universal acclaim for his performance in 127 Hours. Stiller, meanwhile, is shooting Universal's comedy Tower Heist.

Both actors are repped by WME. Baumbach is repped by UTA.

NY Magazine's Vulture first reported the story.