by Robert Butcher, published on May 6, 2011|
As Woody Allens Midnight in Paris prepares for its screening at the Cannes Film Festival this month, it is unsurprising to learn that the prolific seventy-five year old is already putting together the pieces for his next film, The Wrong Picture. That title is likely to change in the near future, but Allen certainly appears to set in regards to his casting choices. The latest name set to be added to an illustrious list of acting talent is Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni.
Lets face it if youre a high profile actor youve probably got your heart set on working with Woody Allen, and the experienced writer and directors upcoming film has seen an exciting blend of familiar and new faces already signed up. Penelope Cruz is set to re-team with Allen, having starred in the 2008 romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Meanwhile, the young and talented Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page will make their first appearances in an Allen film. The Departed and 30 Rock actor, Alec Baldwin, has also been cast.
The latest news is that Allen is keen to have Benigni on board, and seeing as the film will be set in Rome it doesnt seem too implausible that the Italian will be cast in a prominent role. Benigni hasnt starred in too many films since directing and acting in Life Is Beautiful, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1998. It will be interesting to see if Benignis involvement will add a slightly broader comedic tone to Allens trademark neurotic approach. In addition to Benigni, Allen himself looks set to play a role in the film, which would be his first since starring in his 2006 effort, Scoop. It would also be very welcome in my eyes.
While there isnt a definitive plot outline as of yet, the film has been described as a comic picture, an out-and-out comedy and is currently planned to be released next year. With a cast this talented and under the guidance of a truly remarkable writer and director, as far as Im concerned Allens latest film neednt even have a title.
Do you think Benigni would be a good addition to the cast? What do you think of the cast overall, bearing in mind there is likely be a few more faces added?