Blake Lively Joining Woody Allen’s Next Feature


Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline

Fresh off her biggest dramatic showcase yet in The Age of Adaline, former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has joined the cast of Woody Allen‘s next feature film.

As per usual, there’s absolutely no information about the feature, including a title or even vague plot details, but the actress will be in good company for the pic. Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart are all already attached, according to Deadline.

This seems like a standard Woody Allen joint, given that his regular team of producers, including Letty Arsonson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, are all back in their usual capacities. Allen is casting the movie ahead of the Cannes premiere of Irrational Man, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a tormented philosophy teacher who is facing an existential crisis and not holding up well. Only embarking on a relationship with one of his students (Emma Stone) seems to provide him with any sense of direction, though that decision leads to all kinds of unexpected repercussions. Jamie Blackley and Parker Posey both co-star.

Also as per usual for Allen, Irrational Man will screen Out of Competition at Cannes ahead of a summer bow in theaters.

Lively is on the rise now that Adaline has cemented her star power with a solid $24 million haul thus far. She’s next starring in Marc Foster-directed drama All I See Is You, about a blind woman who regains her sight only to learn unpleasant truths about her current marriage (to Jason Clarke) and life.

We’ll keep you posted with more on Allen’s latest as we have it, but as it went for Irrational Man, the filmmaker rarely reveals details about his projects until a few months before their release. He’s one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood, and though his films often fall under the same umbrella of low-key relationship drama, they’re usually worth checking out – and with Eisenberg also in the cast for this one, Allen may have met his neurotic match.

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