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Woody Allen's Next Film Begins Casting, Expected to Shoot in Rhode Island in July

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2014 at 10:48AM

Woody Allen's films have taken us all over the world these last few years--Paris in 2011, Rome in 2012, San Francisco in 2013 and the French Riviera this year in his new "Magic in the Moonlight"--and his next film will bring us back home, according to some juicy, newly released details.
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Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Woody Allen's films have taken us all over the world these last few years--Paris in 2011, Rome in 2012, San Francisco in 2013 and the French Riviera this year in his new "Magic in the Moonlight"--and his next film will bring us back home, according to some juicy, newly released details.

The Boston Globe reports that Allen's untitled 2015 project will start shooting in Rhode Island this July, with auditions currently taking place at Boston-based C.P. Casting.  Details are scarce, but the Globe describes the film as a "'contemporary story' with academics, graduate students, and middle and working-class folks."  (Here's hoping it centers around my beloved alma mater, L'il Rhody's Brown University, and not one of our higher-profile New England rivals.)

Last month, Variety broke the news that both Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone will star in Allen's 2015 film, anchoring a larger ensemble.  Stone is also a lead in this year's "Magic in the Moonlight"-- Allen seems to be developing an attachment to her as he has to other actresses in the past.  As we noted early this year, Sony Pictures Classics has already nabbed the North American rights to the film. 

If you haven't seen the quirky, enjoyable trailer for "Magic" yet, you can check it out below.

This article is related to: Woody Allen, Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, casting, Magic in the Moonlight, In The Works, IN THE WORKS


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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.