We have yet to see the first collaboration between Emma Stone and director Woody Allen, as Magic In The Moonlight isn't scheduled for release until late July, but apparently the production on that project went rather smoothly, as now they are reportedly ready to work together again. And while Colin Firth plays opposite Stone in Magic, he's found her a different Oscar-caliber leading man for their latest film.
According to Variety, Allen will be pairing up Stone with Joaquin Phoenix in his next cinematic endeavor, which has neither a title nor even a genre. Putting in their two cents, the trade report says that the project is expected to be yet another big ensemble piece, and that sources say cameras could start rolling as soon as July. As per tradition with Allen's films, no plot details have been revealed yet, and the director is likely once again writing the script himself.
The fact that Emma Stone is getting another chance to work with Woody Allen shouldn't really be a surprise to those who have followed the filmmaker's career even moderately closely, as he is well known for picking out "muses" and using them in multiple movies. This esteemed list of actresses includes Mia Farrow, Dianne Keaton, Scarlett Johansson and Dianne Wiest, so Stone is definitely in very good company.
We still don't know much and haven't seen much from Magic in the Moonlight yet, but it reportedly takes place in the south of France in the 1920s and is set "against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age."
While Emma Stone was off-screen for most of 2013 - her only live action role being in the January release Gangster Squad - the actress' 2014 schedule is rather packed. In addition to Magic in the Moonlight, just this past weekend we saw the release of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and coming up soon we will see her in both Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman and the next untitled romantic comedy from Cameron Crowe. Basically, you'll be hearing a lot more about her in the comics months.
Joaquin Phoenix, who has never worked with Woody Allen before, has a much lighter schedule going forward. He has James Gray's The Immigrant set to be given a limited release next weekend, but his only other upcoming title is the highly-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, which will be out in December.
Development of Woody Allen's next film will surely be kept as quiet as possible, but if filming really is scheduled to begin in just two months then we should be hearing a lot more casting announcements very soon. Stay tuned!