Ben Stiller Replacing Mark Ruffalo in Noah Baumbach's Greenburg
by Alex Billington
December 10, 2008
Ben Stiller will replace Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming Noah Baumbach dramedy Greenburg. Oddly, no story synopsis has been released, so we know nothing about the project, save for that it'll be another relationship film like Baumbach's previous: The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding. Amy Adams was also initially set to star in the film, but has reportedly dropped out as well. While Ruffalo's leaving might have to do with the tragedy surrounding his brother, we don't know why Adams left. Stiller is an acceptable replacement, although it will certainly be odd seeing him take on a dramatic role.
In regards to Baumbach, since there's not much else to talk about here, I really liked The Squid and the Whale but heard Margot at the Wedding was awful, although I unfortunately never saw it. I was actually looking forward to Ruffalo and Adams in Greenburg, because I believe Margot failed because of its casting, and Squid succeeded because of its casting. And at the moment, both Ruffalo and Adams are incredibly talented, underrated, underused actors who need more great roles. Now with them gone, I'm just not sure? More importantly, we need to find out more about the actual plot of Greenburg. Anyone know?