The last year or so has seen James Franco stacking up as many projects as he can on top of one other, and many people have been waiting for the tower to fall. Well down it comes, and it’s landing on Noah Baumbach’s head. Franco was scheduled to star in the upcoming Baumbach project While We’re Young, but has now been pulled from the film due to commitments to Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.
It seems that one man can’t earn a PHD, host awards shows, appear in soap operas, star in big budget films, AND star in independent movies. He can only do four of the five. Oh, and direct a bunch of stuff on the side. He’s not Superman, people. Why does the Oz movie take precedence over Baumbach’s next naval gazer? Probably because it’s made by Disney. You don’t cross those people.
And when it rains, it pours. Hot on the heels of the news that Franco is off the project comes word that another one of its premiere performers, Cate Blanchett, is leaving the film as well. Word is that Gandalf needs her on the set of The Hobbit pronto. Not all is lost for Baumbach and his prospective picture, however. Ben Stiller is, as of this time, still set to appear in the film. That is, until someone rushes development on a new Fockers script. Maybe if he’s lucky there will still be time for Baumbach to reach into his Rolodex and give Jesse Eisenberg and Greta Gerwig a call to show up as replacements. They’ve worked for the guy before and it would probably make for a better film anyways. I wish the man luck as I saw Greenberg as being him turning a corner as a filmmaker, and I was interested to see where he would go next. Let’s see this not as setback, but as an opportunity. Go team, go.
Source: Just Jared