Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Exclusive: Alan Alda in for Dustin Hoffman in Noah Baumbach’s Untitled Netflix Comedy with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver


EXCLUSIVE There’s no mention of the character on the IMDB, but I’m told Noah Baumbach’s untitled Netflix comedy has one more actor in the story.

I’ve confirmed that the great Alan Alda — last seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” — filmed a rather large role in the film, which stars Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern among others.

The film is the follow up to Baumbach’s excellent “Meyerowitz Stories” that missed awards season for a variety of reasons.

I’m told that Dustin Hoffman, who was so amazing in “Meyerowitz,” was supposed to be in the new movie but had to bow out for scheduling reasons. (Hoffman may be taking a break after getting smeared by #MeToo accusations.) It is hoped we’ll see the two time Oscar winner again, soon. In any case, this is not, I am assured, a Christopher Plummer type situation.

Netflix is set to release the Baumbach movie in November.

PS Note to Screen Actors Guild: Alan Alda should be your next Lifetime recipient next January. What a career– from “MASH” to a terrific movie career acting, writing, and directing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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