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Inside move: Thesp rumblings stir ‘Youth’

Actors sought for London roles following Damon, Affleck

LONDON — A starry West End may be getting even starrier.

That will certainly be the case if Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire sign on for “This Is Our Youth,” the Kenneth Lonergan play currently planning a late-autumn return to the West End, where it has already hosted two celeb-laden casts.

Co-producer Clare Lawrence confirmed Monday that the “Titanic” and “Spider-Man” leads were in the frame for a possible London stand. But, she told Daily Variety, nothing has yet been signed, and a firm decision one way or another remains “about a month, if not less, away.”

If they do take the roles, DiCaprio and Maguire will follow where Hayden Christensen and Jake Gyllenhaal went in March, followed by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in early May. It is unclear which actress would end up completing the star trio, though Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst have both been to see the play.

Director Laurence Boswell’s limited engagement closed June 15 at the Garrick, where producer Lawrence would like the play to reopen, depending on the fate of the theater’s current occupant, Martin McDonagh’s “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.” (In the meantime, Jeremy Herbert’s set for “This Is Our Youth” is sitting in storage.)

Lonergan’s 1996 play — a tragicomic look at three young Manhattan layabouts during the Reagan years — introduced British audiences to the stage work of the scribe, whose film credits include the upcoming “Gangs of New York,” where his connection with DiCaprio was forged. Since the March bow of “This Is Our Youth,” Lonergan has seen a second London preem, with an all-British cast, of his subsequent Off Broadway entry, “Lobby Hero.”

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