Woody Allen’s Next To Feature A Return To 1920s France

Woody Allen

Woody Allen‘s latest film, Blue Jasmine, may be opening in American cinemas on the 26th of July but the director’s focus right now appears not to be on that release, but on his next.

The Riviera Times, via The Film Stage, are reporting that Allen is making his latest in Antibes, Menton and Grasse, with filming having commenced on the 7th of July.

Blue Jasmine was shot in New York and Los Angeles but as his latest is set on the Côte d’Azur it would appear that he’s still on the European kick that seemed to begin with Match Point in 2005.

According to Évelyne Colle, a member of the Alpes Maritimes Film Commission who was quoted in the The Riviera Times, the film will also be a return to 1920s France for Allen, a time and place that provided some of the setting for his hit time-travel picture and nostalgia-filled romantic comedy Midnight in Paris.

Colle said:

All we know is that it’s a period film… and the plot unfolds in the 1920s to 1930s era.

The Riviera Times also report that the film is being made under the code name WASP 2013 – which Brendon reliably informs me stands for Woody Allen Summer project – and that Colin Firth is in the lead role, in addition to previously reported cast members such as Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver.

No release date is yet known for WASP 2013 but I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t premiere at Cannes in 2014. The festival has been kind to Allen in the past and the setting is of course a nice fit.

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