Woody Allen knows a thing or two about comedy. Before writing, acting and directing such films as Manhattan and Deconstructing Harry, the award-winning filmmaker found notoriety as a successful stand-up comedian. In 2004, Allen placed fourth on Comedy Central’s list of 100 greatest stand-up comedians. So, yes, Woody Allen knows a thing or two about comedy – and when casting for his latest film, Allen recruited two of the most well-known stand-up comedians in recent history.
According to THR, Allen has added both Andrew Dice Clay and Louis C.K. to an already-impressive cast for his latest untitled film. The movie, which will film this summer in both New York and San Francisco, will also reportedly feature Cate Blanchett (Hanna), Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Emerson (Lost) and Alec Baldwin. This will mark consecutive films teaming Baldwin with Allen, as they recently filmed To Rome with Love (which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2012. You can watch the trailer here). This will be the first time since 1969’s Take the Money and Run that Allen has directed a film in San Francisco.
Before his stand-up career began to fizzle out, Andrew Dice Clay gained fame during the ’80s and early ’90s with his unique style of stand-up that featured loads of cigarettes, foul language and the ‘re-wording’ of some of your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes. He was most recently seen during the final season of Entourage.
As for the popular Louis C.K., he has certainly kept busy in between continuously selling out his stand-up shows. After a failed R-rated sitcom on HBO entitled Lucky Louie in 2006, C.K. came back strong with a string of successful stand-up shows and a new sitcom on the FX network, entitled Louie.
It will be interesting to see how Allen utilizes the services of both Clay and C.K., and one has to be intrigued with the possibility of any scene involving the two sailor-mouthed comedians. The untitled project will be produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum – both long time producers of Allen.
Allen has recently gone away from casting himself in his own films (To Rome with Love being an exception), and there is no word yet on whether he will be making an appearance of any sort in this latest project. Though, with a cast already stocked with talent, Allen can rest comfortably behind the camera during production. Just cover the kiddie’s ears when Dice and C.K. get around each-other.
No release date has been announced for the untitled Woody Allen project, but continue to check back with Screen Rant for further news.