In 2011, Woody Allen earned a revival in relevance and praise thanks to his nostalgic romance Midnight in Paris, which not only earned Allen a Best Director Oscar nod and a win for Best Original Screenplay, but also made a whopping $150 million worldwide. His follow-up, To Rome With Love, was not too warmly received by critics (okay, they hated it), but it still made an impressive $73 million worldwide.
While Woody Allen is famously known as one of the quint-essential New York directors, he hasn't filmed a movie in the United States in nearly a decade. In 2004 he made Melinda and Melinda in NYC, but since then it's been all about Europe, making movies like Vicky Christina Barcelona, Match Point, Midnight and Paris, and the upcoming To Rome With Love in locals like Spain, England, France and Italy.
Michael Emerson has had a pretty seamlessly successful career on television, going from an Emmy win for his guest role on The Practice to his unforgettable role as Ben Linus on Lost to a starring role now on Person of Interest
Even if you don't know Bobby Cannavale by name, you've undoubtedly seen him steal a scene. The character actor and Broadway veteran, with a loud voice and a brash attitude, has done stints on TV shows like Nurse Jackie, Will & Grace and Six Feet Under, and popped up in supporting roles
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.
Woody Allen's been spending a lot of time shooting his movies in Europe lately, and a lot of them have turned out to be the best of his career-- Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris all got substantial critical love and awards attention