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'Pittsburgh' Trying to Steal Miller, Sarsgaard

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Sienna Miller is in final negotiations and Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to star in "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," based on Michael Chabon's 1988 debut novel.

Rawson Marshall Thurber, who most recently helmed "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," is on board to direct "Pittsburgh," based on a screenplay he adapted from Chabon's coming-of-age book.

Michael London is producing through his Groundswell Prods.

The story, which marked Chabon's ("Wonder Boys") literary launch, chronicles the last summer of Art Bechstein's youth and revolves around his eccentric circle of friends including Jane (Miller) and Cleveland (Sarsgaard).

The lead role of Art has yet to be cast, contrary to published reports that Max Minghella will star in "Pittsburgh." Minghella is enrolled as an undergraduate at Columbia University, and production dates conflict with his fall semester, sources said.

"Pittsburgh" is expected to begin shooting in the fall in Pennsylvania.

Chabon's wife, author Ayelet Waldman, and Pete Chiarelli also are producing the film.

Miller will next be seen in the Weinstein Co.'s September release of "Factory Girl," in which she stars as Edie Sedgwick.

She is repped by Endeavor and Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in the U.K.

Sarsgaard is repped by CAA, manager Jon Rubinstein and attorney Jodi Peikoff.


Sheigh Crabtree and Tatiana Siegel write for The Hollywood Reporter.

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