Woody Allen Discusses His Next Film, Return to Acting

     May 17, 2011


Woody Allen may never stop making films. Long after he is dead, I am sure we will still be treated to summer releases of his newest film that was shot, edited, and stored in a vault somewhere. Having just arrived from the opening of Midnight in Paris at the Cannes Film Festival, he decided to round up some New York press and talk about his next untitled film project. Yes, he is promoting his next film before his current one has even released theatrically. Even the casting for the film seems nearly done, with Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin all set to star alongside the recently announced Roberto Benigni and Allen himself. Hit the jump for more on the untitled film’s subject matter, which Allen has described as, “an out-and-out comedy,” and what role he will play.

woody_allen_image__4_Allen hasn’t co-starred in one of his own films since 2006’s Scoop. While he used to be a staple in his films, nowadays he doesn’t appear because there simply isn’t a role for him to fill. His love interest angle has seemed to fade, much to his chagrin. This one just happened to work out for him, as he told the press at the event (via Cinema Blend):

“It’s a broad comedy, not a romantic comedy, of various tales interwoven. I’m one of them, in one of them. All the parts are quite significant, there are no cameos. There just happened to be a part that I could play. I can’t play the love interest anymore, which is tremendously frustrating. My wife and myself go to Rome because our daughter is going to marry an Italian boy that she met there, and we go over to meet him and meet his family, and what ensues. The film is very broadly funny.”

The film is set to shoot this summer in Rome with a few more roles to fill. Additionally, he confirmed another co-star, Judy Davis, during the press conference as well. Going off his typical process, the film will likely see release next summer. His current film, Midnight in Paris, stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, and Adrien Brody. The movie will see limited theatrical release in the U.S. on May 20th and you can check out a trailer for the film by clicking here.

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