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Up until today we knew next to nothing about Woody Allen's next project, which will follow this summer's release of Blue Jasmine - probably in 2014. We don't know its title, its plot or even its setting. The only information we have had to go on about the movie (outside of the fact that Allen is writing and directing it) is its growing cast. Last week we learned that Emma Stone had entered talks to play the female lead in the mystery film, and now it appears that the Annie Hall director has found the star he wants to play opposite her.
According to Deadline, Allen has set his sights on Colin Firth as his next leading man, and the actor and the production have entered negotiations to make that happen. What's more, the site has also learned that the title will be one to add to the filmmaker's ever-growing list of European set stories, and will be filmed in the South of France.
This is actually the second Firth casting story we've seen today. Just a little while ago we learned that the Oscar-winning star has signed on to play the lead role in Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation The Secret Service, which is on track for a November 2014 release date. The film will have him starring as an elite spy who works to train his wayward nephew in his business.
Firth has been away from the big screen since the 2011 release of Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, but returned to limited theaters last weekend with the dramedy Arthur Newman.