Roberto Benigni Ready To Join Woody Allenís Roman Ensemble?

By Sean O'Connell 2011-05-05 14:58:30discussion comments
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Woody Allenís next ensemble piece, which we recently told you would be set in Rome, is about to get a little more Italian.

As the prolific director prepares to open the Cannes Film Festival with his current picture, Midnight In Paris, Deadline reports that Allen ďwill landĒ Oscar-winning writer-director Roberto Benigni for his next cast, which already includes Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin. The site goes on to say that Allen could make an announcement regarding Benigniís involvement in the picture when Paris opens Cannes later this month.

Though Allen and Benigni both lay claim to the prestigious title of Oscar winner, the formerís career has remained steady while the latterís largely tanked. After nabbing a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1997 concentration camp drama Life Is Beautiful, Benigni directed and starred in an ill-fated Pinocchio tale and then promptly disappeared.

Allen has a tendency to bring out the best in a performer, so weíll see how Benigni clicks as a member of an Allen ensemble Ö if he joins the as-yet-untitled project at all.

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