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Emma Stone Will Star Opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's Next Film

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2014 at 1:45PM

Emma Stone, who stars in Woody Allen's upcoming feature "Magic in the Moonlight," is also now signed on to star in the prolific director's next film, opposite Joaquin Phoenix.
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Emma Stone
Emma Stone

Emma Stone, who stars in Woody Allen's upcoming feature "Magic in the Moonlight," is also now signed on to star in the prolific director's next film, opposite Joaquin Phoenix.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at Met Gala
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at Met Gala

It's all very secretive at the moment -- with no title or plot details to speak of -- but the film is eyeing a July production start. No distributor yet, but no doubt Allen's go-to Sony Pictures Classics will step up to the plate.

Despite Allen being at the center of a sex abuse accusation maelstrom earlier this year, his popularity hasn't seemed to fade with moviegoing fans, as exemplified by the arthouse box office success of John Turturro's comedy "Fading Gigolo," which co-starred Allen as a pimp. (And nothing could deter Cate Blanchett from winning her Oscar in March for Allen's "Blue Jasmine.")

This is the first time Phoenix will work with the 78-year-old director. Meanwhile, is Stone Allen's new Scarlett Johansson? He likes to find a vivacious muse and work with her repeatedly. (Stone just showed off her acting chops, which recall some of the grand dames of classic screwball comedy, in this past weekend's box office winner "The Amazing Spider-Man 2.")

"Magic in the Moonlight" hits theaters July 25.

And as far as we are concerned, Stone and beau Andrew Garfield won the Met Gala red carpet fashion wars hands down.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.