Woody Allen has set his sights on two of Hollywood’s hottest young stars for his next movie, as Timothee Chalamet and Elle Fanning have been offered two of the three lead roles and are in early talks to star, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Like most Allen movies, the title and plot are being kept under wraps, but it’s interesting to note that the director intends to make a movie about young love, as his films have skewed a bit older of late.
It’s safe to assume that Allen’s sister, Letty Aronson, will produce his next film, as she has produced all of his features since 2001’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.
Chalamet first came to attention on Showtime’s Homeland, which led to a role as Matthew McConaughey’s son in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but the young actor didn’t really get a chance to show what he’s capable of until last year’s indie Miss Stevens from director Julia Hart. Since then, Chalamet has been on fire. He earned rave reviews for his turn opposite Armie Hammer in the upcoming Sundance drama Call Me by Your Name — expect Sony Classics to make a strong push on his behalf — and he recently wrapped Scott Cooper’s Hostiles with Christian Bale, Plan B’s Beautiful Boy with Steve Carell, and Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird. He’s represented by UTA and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Fanning has already established herself as one of the best actresses of her generation, having worked directors such as J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Cameron Crowe, David Fincher, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Mike Mills, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jay Roach and Tony Scott, all by the age of 19.
Fanning, who currently stars in The Beguiled, will soon be seen in A24’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties and the Sundance drama Sidney Hall. Fanning also recently wrapped the indies Mary Shelley, Galveston and I Think We’re Alone Now, all of which were directed by women. She’s repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren.
This decade, Allen won an Oscar for writing Midnight in Paris and was nominated for both directing that film and writing Blue Jasmine. His next film, Wonder Wheel, stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi, and it’ll be released by Amazon Studios on Dec. 1. Allen is represented by ICM Partners and MBST Entertainment.
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