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Woody Allen’s latest movie, Midnight in Paris, is getting rave reviews and people are once again proclaiming this the second coming of Allen. Ok, everyone seems to do that at least once a year, no matter what he releases, but there’s legitimate talk that this one may actually be an early contender for this year’s Oscar. So I guess that means we should be even more excited than normal about whatever it is that Allen’s working on next.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Allen’s working on a film called The Bop Decameron, which sounds like a dance invented for pre-schoolers as a way of replacing the Hokey-Pokey, but is actually some sort of Italian movie. The film’s Woody’s first ever Italian financed production and it’s being distributed by the Italian Medusa Films.
As usual with any Allen film, we don’t know what it’s about, but the cast has been announced. Here’s who he’ll have in it, listed in alphabetical order: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi.
A few things worth noting about that group. The Bop Decameron will be the first time Woody has acted in one of his movies since Scoop in 2006. Scoop is generally regarded as his last bad movie, the films he’s made since, the movies in which he finally stopped acting, have all been pretty good. Before Scoop is best recent movie was Match Point, in which he also did not act. Woody Allen acting in his movies is, these days, not really a good thing. Luckily, the rest of his cast is pretty good. Get excited about Alec Baldwin in a Woody Allen movie, that could result in something pretty special.