After taking Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and an all-star American and French cast to the streets of Paris for his latest international romantic comedy “Midnight in Paris”, Woody Allen is headed to an equally iconic city for his next feature: Rome, Italy. Today Deadline reports that Alec Baldwin has committed to star in the picture, which already has Penelope Cruz on the roster, and that recent Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg has a leading role lined up as well, though his involvement seems less certain than the other two at the moment.
Allen is still putting the film together and there’s no word yet on the plot or production details, though presumably shooting will take place over the summer before Baldwin returns to work on the next season of “30 Rock”. Allen recently told La Republica newspaper, “I love these sophisticated cities. It’s fantastic to have the possibility to work there, like when I shot Manhattan in New York, Match Point in London and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Barcelona … Each time, it’s like a declaration of love for certain places. I project onto the big screen my feelings for places which count a lot in my life. I hope to do the same thing with Rome.”
Eisenberg is currently traipsing around the globe promoting animated feature “Rio”, his follow-up to “The Social Network”, the film that garnered him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He has also completed filming on indie dramedy “Free Samples” and will next team up with Oscar winner Melissa Leo on “Predisposed”.