Naomi Watts in Negotiations for Noah Baumbach Movie (Exclusive)
She'd join "Girls'"Adam Driver, Ben Stiller in the Scott Rudin-produced comedy, "While We're Young."
Noah Baumbach once again is 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 also is 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 some of its stars. Both Stiller and Driver were around in an earlier incarnation that included Greta Gerwig, but securing financing has been a consistent problem with the project. In fact, a scheduled spring shoot didn't happen for financial reasons. But Watts' involvement could 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 filming the Alejandro González Iñárritu comedy Birdman and has St. Vincent de Van Nuys on tap.
She is repped by CAA and manager Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment.
Driver already has a packed schedule. He is gearing up to star opposite Chris O'Dowd in Max Winkler's adaptation of The Coward and will shoot Shawn Levy's and Warner Brothers' adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You in the summer, while also shooting a new season of Girls.
He is repped by Gersh.
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