Emma Stone In Talks For Woody Allen’s Next

Emma Stone

UPDATE: Here is a bit more information on Woody Allen’s next film. I’m told he will shoot in the South of France. That country certainly worked out for him in Midnight In Paris.

EXCLUSIVE: Woody Allen has begun to cast up his next film, and it looks like Emma Stone will play his leading lady. Stone is in talks on the film. These stories are the easiest to write, since Allen keeps his plots, titles, and everything else under his hat. About all you can say is who will be in it, and I expect Stone to close a deal soon. Allen most recently completed Blue Jasmine, with Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. leading the cast. Stone has a lot going on, including the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy Birdman, the untitled film that Cameron Crowe will direct, and she will reprise as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Comments (13)

  • I expect this to happen. Stone has said she’s a huge Woody Allen fan, so much so that she named her dog Alvy.

    Comment by Fielding — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:23pm PDT  
  • She has Del Toro’s Crimson Peak as well

    Comment by Alex — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:24pm PDT  
  • She’s doing way too much. I expect her to drop out of one of these projects.

    Comment by Jess — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:34pm PDT  
    • Not really. Birdman has just started filming, I believe this week, and she’s almost done with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Cameron Crowe film doesn’t start until September or October and Crimson Peak isn’t until February. She has plenty of time for all of these projects and there are many others out there with way more on their plate.

      Comment by Ashley — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 6:18pm PDT  
  • Amazing! Good for her.

    Comment by Ashley — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT  
  • I assume he would completely cringe at this, and no he’s not Cukor or Wyler for instance in terms of being a great women’s director only in the sense that they worked with big budgets, (nor do I think that he ever wanted to be,) but pound for pound I don’t think that any other filmmaker has ever written more great parts for women – lead, character; consider the volume alone. And the Oscars. Often glamorous stuff too.

    Comment by Mark Kelley — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:37pm PDT  
    • Have never seen this stated as such, but think you’re absolutely right. Just running through some of the amazing roles he’s written for women in my head is crazy – even in the minor stuff, like the little scene in “Manhattan Murder Mystery” about how Alan Alda and Diane Keaton DIDN’T hook-up and it’s this great, telling bit of business for Keaton’s character.

      Comment by bounder — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 9:17pm PDT  
      • Actually, before the whole Soon-Yi/Mia Farrow scandal exploded, this used to be very frequently noted.

        Comment by Fielding — Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 6:08am PDT  
  • To Rome with Love was horrible. I don’t think ANYONE in that film was well-directed. So they all just mimicked Allen. This is a bad habit of actors – and it’s unfortunately the easiest way to tell within ten minutes of a new Allen film whether or not he has laid a golden egg or a bad one.

    Comment by JJ — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 8:05pm PDT  
  • It’s nice to see a young actress taking herself seriously, there aren’t many of them. It was great to see her winning streak (Easy A, Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man), and though when that ended (Gangster Squad, Movie 43), I was worried for a second, but then all these articles about her future projects started to appear and considering the directors she chose to work with in the near future (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Cameron Crowe, Guillermo Del Toro, Woody Allen), I think it’s safe to say she is heading in a great direction. Plus critics might not have embraced it as much as the audience, but with voicing the lead in the sequel-bound international smash hit ‘The Croods’, she also has another succesful franchise on her hands.

    The other Emma turned into a surprisingly promising young actress, too. Prestige-cred for ‘My week with Marilyn’; indie-cred for the wonderful ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower; the lead in the edgy Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’; a textbook scenestealing cameo in potential comedy hit ‘This is the End’, and a part in the great Darren Aronofsky’s passion project ‘Noah’. Thank God, she laughed off the possibility of starring in the 50shadesblahblah film. At this point the only decision I don’t get is why she turned down the chance to play an iconic lead role directed by the brilliant Kenneth Branagh. It would have provided her an opportunity to show even more range because it’s not like she ever had the opportunity to play a glammed up heroine in a fantasy romance based on a legendary story…and if she ever wants to do one of those, she couldn’t ask for much better than Kenneth Branagh in the director’s chair.

    Bottom line : It’s GREAT to see all these twentysomething actresses (Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone, Emma Watson etc.) making a lot of great career choices…now I only hope the ubertalented Saoirse Ronan (still only 19) will find her way back to the fold because filming supporting roles in ‘Anna Karenina’ and/or ‘The Hobbit’ might have taken up a lot of her time, both would have looked considerably better on her resume (even with the films’ divided critical receptions) than chasing mega stardom with a lead role in a ridiculous film based on a Stephenie Meyer…well…”novel”. Reuniting with Peter Jackson and/or Joe Wright, who directed her best performances to date (Oscar-nominated ‘Briony Tallis’ in Atonement, Bafta-nominated ‘Susie Salmon’ in The Lovely Bones) vs. lead roles in a vampire tale and a Meyer-adaptation, seemed like a no-brainer to me. But oh, well…

    Comment by pmill — Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 12:55am PDT  
  • Good point about the lead actor from time to time. But completely disagree about “To Rome with Love” and Ellen Page quite specifically – a comic role with pathos given a magnificent monologue in close-up in stark terms as cinematic as any special effect.

    Comment by Mark Kelley — Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 3:21am PDT  
  • ‘That country in the South of France’, is called SPAIN ¬¬

    Comment by Salva González — Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 5:00am PDT  
  • Try some parallel structure with that last sentence.

    Comment by AC — Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT  
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