With his latest film, Midnight in Paris, coming out of Cannes with a healthy critical buzz the prolific filmmaker is already in pre-production for his next stop on his European jaunt with a stop in Rome for The Bop Decameron and today the latest iteration of the famous Allen Ensemble cast was revealed.
Some of the actors on the list were already rumoured to have signed up, and Allen himself confirmed Judy Davis, a frequenter co-star of Allen’s who last appeared for Allen in his 1998 film Celebrity, was set to star but the full list has some choice surprises.
Here’s the full cast, culled from Deadline, to whom we owe thanks.
Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi
Yes. That’s Ornella Muti from Flash Gordon. Greta Gerwig is another very interesting addition to the cast. She has done some exceptional work of late, and she has an incredible screen presence so I’m hoping she’ll have more than a passing role here. I’ll happily watch anything Allen produces and it’s good to see the director reuniting with some of his co-stars of old as well as casting some of the more interesting young actors around.
As for the film’s plot we can do no better than quote the fine folks at Cinema Blend who quoted Allen at the recent Cannes press conference. He said thie film will be:
a broad comedy, not a romantic comedy, of various tales interwoven. I’m one of them, in one of them. All the parts are quite significant, there are no cameos. There just happened to be a part that I could play. I can’t play the love interest anymore, which is tremendously frustrating. My wife and myself go to Rome because our daughter is going to marry an Italian boy that she met there, and we go over to meet him and meet his family, and what ensues. The film is very broadly funny.
Oh Woody, you had me at Decameron…