Woody Allen will have a small role in his next film

Jessica Dorrell

by: Jessica Dorrell
March 14th, 2011

We haven't seen Woody Allen appear in one of his own films since 2006's not-so-success SCOOP. Well, it seems that will change with the release of his next film, which will be set in Rome. Allen will have a small role in his next film. In an interview with The Guardian Allen said, "but it's not a big deal, it's an amusing turn, so I'll do it. But I can't be the love interest any more. I can't play opposite Scarlett Johansson, it's not appropriate. So what can I do? I'd love to have a wonderful tour de force part with Diane Keaton but the problem is…doing what?"

So Allen will appear in his Rome-set film (of which we don't know the title yet), but in a much smaller role than other previous roles he's had in his own films. The other interesting piece from the above quote is Allen's mention of  working with Diane Keaton again. Allen mentions an interest in doing another film with Keaton but, "nobody wants to see two septuagenarians get it on. People may say they do but they don't. They want to see Leonardo DiCaprio chasing after Scarlett Johansson. They don't want me flirting with Diane Keaton."

Allen and Keaton haven't worked together since MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY in 1993. Allen also gives her credit for helping him learn how to write for women. "They were cardboard figures before her, and I made no effort to change it, but after I met Keaton I could write women, and only write women, that was all that interested me." I guess we'll just have to wait and see if one of Allen's upcoming films will have Keaton reprise her role as a leading lady in his films.

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