Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Exclusive: Woody Allen Casts Cesar Winning Actress Valerie Lemercier to Star in New Film


I’m told that Woody Allen is not only not retiring, but he’s also begun casting his new film. He will shoot it in Paris momentarily, and it’s said to be a murder mystery along the lines of “Match Point.”

I do hope, by the way, if Woody makes another film after this it’s a comedy with Diane Keaton and some of his previous stars.

But back to Paris: I’m told the star of the new film is Valerie Lemercier, who won the Cesar Award — the French Oscar — for playing Celine Dion in the fictionalized “Aline.” Lemercier, as you will see below, speaks English. She is also 57, which should negate complaints from Woody’s naysayers that he only has young women as his lead characters.

Lemercier is no doubt excited. Woody Allen actresses tend to be nominated — and win– Oscars.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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