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Jason Reitman‘s next film, “Young Adult,” already has Charlize Theron signed up to play the female lead.

Now I’m told that Josh Brolin, one of the best actors of his generation, may join the project as the male lead.

Diablo Cody, who won many awards for writing Reitman’s big bit, “Juno,” is the author here, too. According to the imdb.com. “Young Adult” is about a divorced writer (Theron) who returns to her mid west hometown and reconnects with her old flame–now married with kids. Brolin would be perfect with Theron in a comedy. They are both very funny and don’t get to show it so much in their films.

Brolin is having quite a year in 2010–this fall he’s in “Wall Street 2,” the Woody Allen film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” and wraps it up in December with the Coen Brothers’ remake of “True Grit.” His wife, Diane Lane, is also getting a lot of great buzz as the lead in “Secretariat,” playing Penny Chenery, who owned the famous race horse.

Remember I told you this on August 11, 2010: Brolin and Lane will be the first husband and wife with Oscar nominations this season.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  2. […] Roger Friedman says Brolin is circling the male lead in the film. That would give him a chance to play opposite Theron in a film that Cody says, despite some humor, is pretty serious and fucked up. You don’t get to see women be antiheroes that often, where it’s like somebody like Mickey Rourke, who gets a comeback in ‘The Wrestler.’ It’s rarer that you’ll have a studio say, ‘Let’s have an actress come back and be ugly!’ […]

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