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Last month a rumor began that Josh Brolin was set to join the cast of Young Adult the second collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. The story of a young adult fiction writer (Charlize Theron) who returns home to stalk her high school boyfriend, Brolin was suggested to play the stalk-ee. While it turns out that the rumor was false, it wasn't too far from the truth.
Brolin, who is currently up at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, spoke with the Winnipeg Free Press and set the record straight about Young Adult (incorrectly titled Young Man)"
"We're talking about another film — I think that's where the wires got crossed. He's doing another film with Charlize right now, and I read it, and it's very, very good, but no, it's another project we're talking about doing."
So now the speculation begins about what project he is doing with Reitman. The Playlist says that it may be an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's Labor Day. The story comes from a tweet by Anne Thompson who had a chance to speak with the director about his upcoming projects. The book is a coming-of-age tale about a teenager who befriends an older man who teaches him about life. We can assume that Brolin won't be playing the teenager.
Brolin had a rough summer due to the failure of Jonah Hex, but it looks like he should be able to bounce back this fall. In addition to Woody Allen's film, he also has Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps coming out on the 24th and, of course, True Grit coming in December.