WEIRDLAND: Michelle Williams candidate to star in Baumbach's The Emperor's Children

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Michelle Williams candidate to star in Baumbach's The Emperor's Children

Michelle Williams attending the New York premiere of "Shutter Island" on 18th February 2010.

"Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams is circling one of the three lead roles in Noah Baumbach's "The Emperor's Children."
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach at 'Margot At The Wedding' Movie Screening in 45th New York Film Festival 2007.

The Oscar-nominated "Greenberg" filmmaker has already adapted Claire Messud's 2006 best-selling novel about a trio of Brown University graduates struggling to make something of themselves as they approach their 30s burdened with lofty expectations. The novel was set in New York in the months leading up to and following 9/11.
Michelle Williams gives daughter Matilda a piggyback ride around their Brooklyn neighborhood, February 2010.

Williams would likely be playing the character of Danielle Minkoff, a TV documentary producer from the Midwest, though the actress' representation at CAA would not comment to TheWrap. There is no deal in place yet, but insiders confirm that Williams has met with Baumbach about the role.
Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller at the Hollywood premiere of the ''Greenberg'' at the ArcLight Cinemas on March 18, 2010

Furthermore, Baumbach's recent attachment to the family friendly Ben Stiller vehicle "Mr. Popper's Penguins" raises questions as to whether "The Emperor's Children" will be his next film.

TheWrap previously broke the news that Keira Knightley, Eric Bana and Richard Gere are attached to star in the dramedy.
I've been a huge fan of Williams since her days on "Dawson's Creek" and firmly believe that she is one of Hollywood's best actresses under 30 years-old, if not the very best.

Williams most recently played Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." She recently re-teamed with her "Wendy and Lucy" director Kelly Reichardt for the period film "Meek's Cutoff" and is already earning Oscar buzz for her performance in Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" opposite Ryan Gosling". Source:

The new poster for the upcoming comedy/drama Greenberg has appeared online.
Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is at a crossroads in his life. Out of a job and none too interested in finding one, he agrees to housesit for his younger and more successful brother, thereby getting a free place to stay in Los Angeles. Once settled in, Greenberg sets out to reconnect with his old friend and former bandmate Ivan (Rhys Ifans). But times have changed, and old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends, so Greenberg finds himself spending more and more time instead with his brother’s personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and herself something of a lost soul. As their relationship develops through a series of embarrassingly awkward romantic encounters, even someone as irascible as Greenberg might have at last found a reason to be happy.

Noah Baumbach serves as both director and writer for the movie, while Scott Rudin produces the film.

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