Sally Hawkins In Talks For Woody Allen's Next
Shortly after winning a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his nostalgic rom-com Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen wrapped on his follow-up, To Rome With Love. The ensemble comedy, which unfolds interweaving tales of amore, is set to make its Stateside debut on June 22. Already this almost comically prolific filmmaker is casting his next jet-setting production, and he has his sights set on bubbly Brit Sally Hawkins.
Variety reveals Allen has approached the Happy-Go-Lucky star to take on one of the untitled feature's two female leads. Word has it Cate Blanchett is being considered for the other. Should she sign on, Hawkins will be playing a spirited but neurotic woman described as "rough around the edges," while Blanchett is being eyed for a more sophisticated lady, whose life is more enviable at the outset. Also said to be circling is Bradley Cooper, who seems poised to join the sure-to-be star-studded ensemble.
This would mark the first-time Blanchett or Cooper would work with the famously quirky auteur, but the second for Hawkins, who snagged a supporting role in Allen's 2007 crime-drama Cassandra's Dream. (Remember that one? Me neither.) At present little is known about Allen's untitled drama save that it will be set in San Francisco and New York, and is expected to lens this summer. Of course, he seems to be off to a solid start, lining up another incredible—and slightly unexpected—ensemble cast. However, I'm disheartened to hear this Allen effort will be a drama, as getting serious has never been his strong suit. Nonetheless, with summer fast approaching we're sure to hear more on this untitled tale soon.
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