The director who, arguably, discovered one of the brightest rising stars of today will get the chance to reunite with the now newly minted Oscar nominee, as 24 Frames reports Jesse Eisenberg is in early talks to star in his “The Squid and the Whale” director Noah Baumach’s new film, “While We’re Young”. Ben Stiller is already set to star in the film, and Naomi Watts is circling as well.
“While We’re Young” is a multi-generational relationship drama about a childless couple in their 30s/40s (Stiller and Watts) who begin to feel alienated from their circle of friends who are starting to procreate, and begin to form an unusual friendship with a younger couple. Eisenberg, who played the son of divorcing parents for Baumach in “Squid”, will now play one half of the younger couple. His love interest has not yet been cast. Eisenberg and Watts are replacing roles originally intended for James Franco and Cate Blanchett, who had been in talks but fell out in recent months.
Eisenberg has been in high demand ever since breaking out in a big way in David Fincher’s “The Social Network”, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor this past February. He recently completed filming on indie dramedy “Free Samples” and will next star opposite Melissa Leo in “Predisposed”, before heading to Rome for Woody Allen’s next destination romantic comedy in the vein of his recent Cannes hit “Midnight in Paris”. Meanwhile, super producer Soctt Rudin, who produced “The Social Network” and will produce “While We’re Young”, is also fighting for Eisenberg to star in his next, “The Terrorist Search Engine”. He will next be seen opposite Aziz Ansari in comedy “30 Minutes Or Less”, which releases on August 12.