Woody Allen's European vacation

Judging by all the acclaim (including a screenwriting Oscar nomination) for Match Point, it seems that the most salutary thing Woody Allen has done for his career lately is to shoot outside of Manhattan.

Now comes news from Variety that this summer, as his comedy Scoop hits theaters (it’s his second London-based film in a row, and the second one starring Scarlett Johansson), Allen will be filming a movie in Paris, to be followed by one next year in Barcelona. The plots are secret, of course, but early word is that the Paris film will have a largely American cast, while the Barcelona film will have a Spanish and international cast.

Don’t know if this means Johansson is coming to Paris for her third go-round as ingenue/leading lady, but if she’s busy, Allen could always call upon local talent — say, Audrey Tautou (Amelie) or Eva Green (The Dreamers, Casino Royale). Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie, Munich) would be a good choice for the Allen stand-in, the nebbishy, wisecracking lead. The loopy grande dame (the Dianne Wiest/Judy Davis role) could go to Fanny Ardant (8 Women), while the svengali/mentor role could go to Jean Reno (The Professional). Then, in Spain, Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside) could play a lead, say, an adulterous husband. Maribel Verdu (Y Tu Mama También) would get the female lead. Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) gets the older woman role.

Let’s hear your international casting suggestions for Allen below.

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  • Thad

    Woody is a pig. I didn’t even read your article. NEXT.

  • Vance

    Daniel Bruhl (GoodBye Lenin!), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Mathieu Kassovitz, Aurelien Recoing (Time Out), Gael Garcia Bernal, Stephane Rideau (Wild Reeds), Celia Roth (All About My Mother), Eloy Azorin (All About My Mother), Audrey Tautoo.

  • Jen

    Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s Twelve), a beautiful, beautiful Frenchman. Maybe Woody can find a way for Vincent to use his circus training.

  • Tim L

    Anything with Audrey Tautou in it will have me watching. I’ve seen all of her work and one day, oh yes, she will be mine.
    And by that I mean that she will tolerate me enough to hang out and have coffee.

  • Fab

    Audrey Tautou would indeed be a knockout in a Woody Allen “french” film. Other suggestions : Jeanne Balibar (Va Savoir !), Jonathan Zaccaï (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), Matthieu Amalric (Munich), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can), Aurélien Recoing (Time Out), Charlotte Gainsbourg (21 Grams), Cécile de France (L’Auberge espagnole) and the exquisite, delicious and perfect female Woody Allen stand-in, Valérie Lemercier (Friday Night).

  • Kerin

    In addition to the excellent suggestions already made, I like French actresses Virginie Ledoyen (A Single Girl), Élodie Bouchez and Natacha Régnier (both from The Dreamlife of Angels), Swiss actress Irène Jacob, and Spanish actresses Mabel Rivera (The Sea Inside) and Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia).

  • Kerin

    Also from Spain, Fele Martínez and Najwa Nimri (both from The Lovers of the Arctic Circle and Abre los Ojos).

  • Louie

    I am on Woody Allen overdrive. I don’t care what anybody says (THAD!), I love his movies. ANYTHING ELSE, MELINDA & MELINDA, and of course MATCH POINT have great. I cannot wait for SCOOP but of course, it’s these latest news about upcoming movies in France and Spain that got me really excited.
    For his french pic, I would love to see Julie Delpy star in it mainly because this girl needs more starring roles. Besides, the magnificent BEFORE SUNSET should have given her plenty of practice for a Woody Allen movie.
    For the one set in Spain, I would really like to see Ana Claudia Talancon (The Crime of Father Amaro, Sueno) and Osvaldo Benavides (Dust to Dust, two excelent young Mexican actors, get their Woody on. Who else? How about Rodrigo de La Serna (Motorcycle Diaries), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), and Cecilia Roth (Lucia Lucia). As long as the casts are diverse and international, I’ll be happy!

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