Cate Blanchett in Manifesto Photo
Cate Blanchett in the 2017 film ‘Manifesto’.

Cate Blanchett (Manifesto), James Franco and Ben Stiller have all signed on to star in director Noah Baumbach’s upcoming film ‘While We’re Young,’ is reporting. The news comes after Baumbach’s wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, filed for divorce and dropped out of her role. Greta Gerwig, who is most remembered for starring in the director’s last film, ‘Greenberg,’ has also left the movie due to scheduling conflicts.

‘While We’re Young’ is set to follow a documentary filmmaker (played by Stiller) and his wife (portrayed by Blanchett), who are forced to lighten up by a younger couple (played by Franco and a still undecided actress). But the movie is experiencing financial problems, as producer Scott Rudin has admitted that all of the necessary funds haven’t been raised yet. Baumbach also hasn’t secured a distributor for the project. But he’s hoping the fact that ‘Greenberg’ has received several Independent Spirit Award nominations, and that he’s secured several A-list stars, will turn the film’s problems around.

Written by: Karen Benardello

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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