By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2013 at 2:32PM
One thing you can count on in this world: Woody Allen will announce an untitled new movie with a fabulous cast every year, for which he will eventually announce a title.
This year's model is "Magic in the Moonlight," a period comedy set in the South of France, with an eclectic ensemble, many of them plucked from the theater. There are Brits: Colin Firth, Catherine McCormack, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, and Paul Ritter and Australia's fabulous Jacki Weaver.
And the Americans include "Newsroom" co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Hamish Linklater, plus Emma Stone, Erica Leerhsen and Jeremy Shamos.
The Gravier Productions film is independently financed overseas and produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum.
Remarkably, Allen’s latest film and likely Oscar contender, "Blue Jasmine," starring Best Actress frontrunner Cate Blanchett, is still in theatrical release through Sony Pictures Classics, which is likely to eventually pick up--when the time is right--"Magic in the Moonlight." Meanwhile, the film has been at the center of a scuffle in India, where Allen refused to distribute it due to the country's mandatory anti-smoking ads that would play before and during screenings.