by Kevin Jagernauth, published on May 5, 2011 - 1:21 pm|
While Woody Allen has gathered up his Hollywood cast for his upcoming Rome-set film The Wrong Picture, with Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz set to star, he still has his Italian talent to cast and hes going right to the top of list.
While its not yet confirmed, Deadline report that none other that comic star Roberto Benigni is expected to take a role in the film. Its been a long, long time since weve seen the rubber-faced, childlike and effusive actor on screen. He swept through Hollywood with Life Is Beautifulleading to one of the most memorable Oscar show moments everbut quickly faltered with the egregious Pinocchio which sent him packing. He followed that up with The Tiger And The Snow which nobody saw and barely got distributed. Ever since, hes mostly focused on his stand up in his native land as well his celebrated recitations of Dantes Divine Comedy.
Of course, theres no word on how large or small his role will be, but with Woody Allen already confirming that hell have a small role the possibility of these two (very different) giants of comedy sharing screen time is tremendously exciting. More is expected to be announced next week when Allen rolls into Cannes with Midnight In Paris so stay tuned.