Actress builds a relationship with Baumbach


Greta Gerwig is getting into "Greenberg."

The indie star has landed the lead role opposite Ben Stiller in the latest Noah Baumbach relationship dramedy.

Baumbach, best known for the Oscar-nominated divorce saga "The Squid and the Whale," is writing and directing the film. The project's logline is being kept under wraps, but it is expected to be set in Los Angeles and center on relationship intimacies in the manner of past Baumbach pictures.

Scott Rudin will produce "Greenberg," and Focus Features will finance and distribute; the specialty division had been in talks to board the project. Shooting is expected to begin next month, with Stiller on board.

Gerwig, repped by UTA and managers Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller, is known for a host of indie movies, including the Duplass brothers' genre spoof "Baghead" and the offbeat relationship tale "Hannah Takes the Stairs," which she co-wrote.

Gerwig is affiliated with the loose movement of verite filmmaking known as mumblecore.

Baumbach is on board to direct the 9/11 tale "The Emperor's Children" at Universal. He also co-wrote the animated parable "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which Wes Anderson is directing for Fox. (partialdiff)