Penélope Cruz will join The Social Network and Juno stars for Allen's next production|
by Andrew Pulver, published on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 18.00 BST
Despite the lack of enthusiasm with which his films nowadays tend to be greeted, Woody Allen's ability to attract the cream of international acting talent appears unaffected.
For his next production currently known as Woody Allen Fall Project 2011 the 75-year-old auteur has cast two of America's highest status young performers in the shape of Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page.
Eisenberg was recently Oscar-nominated for his role as Mark Zuckerberg in the Facebook film The Social Network, while Page shot to prominence in the surprise indie hit Juno before taking a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's Inception.
Allen has also been able to again secure the services of Penélope Cruz, who won an Oscar for her role in his 2008 film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Continuing his habit of recent years, Allen's new film will be shot in a major European capital. After filming in France for Midnight in Paris, which is due to open the Cannes film festival on 11 May, he will set up camp in Rome. Of the seven films he will have directed since 2005's Match Point, only one, Whatever Works, was shot in the director's native New York.