by Mark Humphreys, published on April 14, 2011 - 12:48 PM|
In what could end up being either a dream team ticket for a Woody Allen movie or far too much of one for its audience's sake, it has been reported that Academy Award nominees Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg will star in Woody Allen's next movie, an as-yet-untitled film set to shoot in Rome this summer. Actors Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz are already on board as part of the film's cast. Given that this is a Woody Allen film, I'm sure more casting announcements will be made in the near future.
Clearly, for anyone who has seen The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland, and/or The Squid and the Whale, the notion of casting Jesse Eisenberg in a Woody Allen film should seem as close a match as white on rice. Balance Eisenberg's impassive dry wit with that of Page's idiosyncratic sarcasm, then mix them together in the dough of a Woody Allen script, and voila: you got yourself the potential for one heck of a neurotic good time! (Or, depending on who you're talking to, an hour and a half on par with listening to nails on a chalkboard).
In terms of his former greatness, it's safe to say that as of late, Woody Allen is on a bit of a slide. However, for the past 30 years, the 75-year-old filmmaker has released at least one movie per year; as such, the occasional string of duds is bound to happen every now and then. With the likes of Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz balancing the comedic styles of Eisenberg and Page, there's hope yet that this next Woody Allen project will be a step back in the right direction.