Stiller new driver on road to 'Greenburg'


Ben Stiller is attached to star in "Greenburg," a comedy-drama Noah Baumbach is writing and directing.

Scott Rudin is producing the project, whose logline is being kept under wraps but which is expected to center on the intimacies of relationships in the manner of Baumbach's other films.

Mark Ruffalo was among the actors eyeing the Stiller role, while Amy Adams was circling the female lead; producers are now holding talks with a number of other actresses.

"Greenburg" is being shopped to several specialty divisions, with Focus one of the companies discussing a potential financing and distribution role.

The Stiller move would mark a turn toward drama for the actor, who has also discussed helming "The Trials of the Chicago 7" for DreamWorks.

Baumbach, who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Squid and the Whale," also is attached to write 9/11 tale "The Emperor's Children" for Universal; he recently directed the family drama "Margot at the Wedding" and also penned the screenplay for Wes Anderson's upcoming "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."