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Woody Allen's New Women

Woody Allen's New Women

Say what you will about Woody Allen and his sordid relationship history, but the man knows how to cast female actors in great roles. Witness Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway, Mia Farrow in Hannah and Her Sisters, and — of course — Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Perhaps not coincidentally, those are also some of my favorite Woody Allen movies.

The director's new muse, it seems, is Scarlett Johansson, who just signed on to star alongside Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Allen's still-untitled latest film, which begins shooting this summer in Spain. For all the details,

The movie will shot in Barcelona and marks the first time he has filmed a movie in Spain. But it also represents another interesting milestone for Johansson. According to Variety:

That is her third starring role in his past four films, making Johansson the actress Allen has used most frequently since his early runs with Mia Farrow and Diane Keaton.

While Farrow and Keaton are by far the most famed of Allen's actresses — mainly because he was romantically linked to them — he definitely likes to work with the same actors over and over again. If you're interested, Film Experience has a very cool ranking of women who have appeared in Woody Allen movies, including some I'd forgotten about. Charlize Theron and Tracey Ullman, for instance, have both appeared in two of his movies.

What do you think of the casting? Do you think Penelope might end up a regular fixture?


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nati nati 10 years
I can't wait to see that movie, I love bardem!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
I fell asleep watching Match Point and cringed my way through Scoop, so I won't be in line to see this one.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Scarlett and Penelope together--a great combo--though I doubt Penelope will rise to Scarlett's muse status with Woody Allen.
andaman andaman 10 years
I didn't like match point at all!!! I was disappointed in woody allen. He went from interesting to mainstream! I usually find all his films really romatic (in a quirky way) but my god match point was such a terrible drama/thriller. I hope he's returning to his roots.
yomoedmb yomoedmb 10 years
i love woody allen he's got a great aspect on things. scarlet will do amazingly and i think it is good for her to be known by a good director as opposed to just her good looks. i don't like penelope though she hasn't been in anything good since Blow
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
Woody is odd
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I agree with Maggie Mae. This branching out will be good :)
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
Interesting- Scarlet is great in anything she does, but I think it will be great to see her in a Woody Allen film.
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