Adrien Brody to Star in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody will star in Woody Allen’s upcoming romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, which is set to shoot this summer. THR describes the film as being about “a family traveling to the City of Lights for business,” particularly focusing on “a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.” Brody’s character is said to be “flashy.” The impressive cast had already included actors such as Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, and Brody’s The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox co-star Owen Wilson. Color me excited.

Although Woody Allen was plagued by a series of ill-conceived films for much of the 90s and aughts, he has made something of a late career comeback in recent years. Although films such as 2003’s Anything Else and 2004’s Melinda and Melinda were a flop with both critics and audiences, Allen’s taut 2005 thriller Match Point was celebrated as a great return to form and snagged him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Critics hated Allen’s follow up film, the ramshackle comedy Scoop, but his subsequent movie Cassandra’s Dream was highly praised by The New Yorker’s David Denby. Allen continued this fairly strong run with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a rapturously received dramatic romance that garnered rave reviews and went on to become one of his most profitable films to date. However, its follow up, Whatever Works, a comedy starring Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David, was given average reviews.

Will Midnight in Paris be another Scoop or another Vicky Cristina Barcelona? We’ll have to wait and see, but, if Allen is working with actors like Brody, I’m optimistic.

Update: Woody Allen’s latest film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, is opening to lukewarm reviews at Cannes.