No matter where you turn nowadays, you’re bound to see either a new release or upcoming movie that features Emma Stone (not that I’m complaining, mind you). After her memorable appearances in Superbad and The House Bunny, the actress broke out with her roles in Zombieland and Easy A, followed by projects like The Help and Amazing Spider-Man that helped cement her stardom.
That’s to say: it was inevitable that Stone would eventually appear in a film written and directed by Woody Allen, like just about every other name actor over the past two decades (see: the cast for this summer’s Allen picture, Blue Jasmine).
Deadline is reporting that Stone has entered talks to appear in Allen’s next movie, which he is going to shoot in France next year, after taking a break from his tour of Europe to film Blue Jasmine here in the United States. The title and story for the auteur’s new project are, per usual, being kept under-wraps, but chances are good that Stone is going to join starlets like Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) on the list of ladies who’ve brought Allen’s smart, but neurotic, American female characters to life on the big screen in recent years.
Stone, this past week, began working on the showbiz comedy/satire Birdman with director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), and she’ll probably shift her attention to Allen’s new writing-directing project thereafter. The latter filmmaker never takes a long time to shoot his pictures – which is part of why in-demand A-listers love to work on his films – and so, Stone shouldn’t have any major problem fitting Allen’s movie into her schedule, before she stars in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak in early 2014 and Cameron Crowe’s new rom-com sometime afterwards.
As for Allen: his comedies of manners have been hit-or-miss for years now, but the ones set in Europe never fail to include lovely photography of various landmarks and the countryside (see: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love, etc.). Between the France backdrop and Stone’s involvement, that’s enough to recommend the 49th (!) project directed by the iconic Manhattan storyteller.
Blue Jasmine opens in theaters on July 26th, 2013.
We’ll keep you posted on Allen’s next film as more information becomes available.