While many believed Woody Allen’s career was over after controversy around him was reignited by the #MeToo movement, it seems his reputation is relatively unscathed, especially outside of the U.S.
The director, who was accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, has lined up a star-studded, though largely European cast for his film with the working title of Wasp 2019, set to start shooting next month.
The cast includes Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, Louis Garrel (The Dreamers), Sergi López (Pan’s Labyrinth), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Wallace Shawn (Manhattan) and Gina Gershon (Blockers).
Allen’s Spanish producing partner Mediapro is behind the new film. The story follows a married American couple who head to the San Sebastian Film Festival.
"It is a comedy-romance that resolves itself in a funny but romantic way," Mediapro said in a release.
Allen, who denies Farrow’s allegations, is in a legal tussle with Amazon, claiming the mega streamer broke a four-film contract it signed with him in 2017. His last film, A Rainy Day in New York, starring Timothee Chalomet, Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning, was shelved following his derogatory comments about the #MeToo movement.
Several of his high-profile collaborators, including Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Greta Gerwig and Colin Firth, have publicly distanced themselves from the director in the wake of the allegations.