Despite being a world-renowned writer-director who typically has his pick of A-list stars, Woody Allen is somehow able to keep his projects under wraps as he sees fit. But having recently wrapped on an film known only as The Untitled Woody Allen Project, he has released to THR the feature's title (Magic in the Moonlight), along with a couple of stills that show off cast mates Marcia Gay Harden, Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
Details on the plot are still a mystery, but we do know that the film was shot in the South of France, making Magic in the Moonlight Allen's eighth movie to be set in Europe. Aside from the three stars seen above and below, Magic in the Moonlight boasts an ensemble that includes English actress Eileen Atkins, who most recently appeared in the teen fantasy-romance Beautiful Creatures, Hamish Linklater from the Robin Williams sitcom The Crazy Ones, The Borgias's Simon McBurney, two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Erica Leerhsen, 28 Weeks Later's Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter from the British series Vera, and Jeremy Shamos, who will be seen later this year in the James McAvoy/Jessica Chastain drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
The pic below tells us that Colin Firth plays a dapper gentleman in the film, but really we could have guessed that even without this image. However, the wardrobe of Harden and Stone plus posh cars spotted up top suggest this will be a period piece, which I'd estimate to be set in the early 1930s. Based on Allen's past works, it seems safe to assume the plot will involve romance and shenanigans within this colorful setting. But without even a hint as to when Magic in the Moonlight will open, this is all we have to go on for now.
In the meantime, Allen's summer release, Blue Jasmine has done quite well with audiences and critics. Its story centers on an erudite, elitist and formerly affluent woman who is left to depend on the kindness of her estranged sister after her husband's fortune is lost. Taking a page from the 1930s tearjerkers like Stella Dallas, Allen crafted a comedy that allowed audiences to laugh at this obnoxious anti-heroine, while also--as incredible as it sounds--empathizing with her and her reversal of fortune tale.
Even in a limited release, the dark comedy written and directed by Allen has made $50 million worldwide. And the cast--led by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett--has gotten rave reviews, with many predicting they will be well represented in the major awards come Oscar season. You can read our review of Blue Jasmine here, or check out one its delightful trailer's below: