Woody Allen’s Joaquin Phoenix-Led Film Will Be Set In Modern-Day Rhode Island

Woody Allen

At this point in his career, Woody Allen could really work with just about any actor or actress he so desires. This summer, he’ll unveil his latest, Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic caper set in 1920s France, starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver. That’s a set of stars a lot of directors would bend over backwards for, but that kind of cast is just business as usual for Allen.

As Magic in the Moonlight is primed to hit theaters, Allen will work with the highly talented Joaquin Phoenix, who’ll topline the director’s next film alongside Emma Stone. Now, details are beginning to emerge about that project.

Though we’ll have to wait a while longer for a title, the project is said to be a “contemporary story” that centers on “academics, graduate students, and middle- and working-class folks.” Admittedly, that’s not much to go on, but Allen’s last film about social class, Blue Jasmine, was so fantastic that we definitely have cause to be excited at this early stage. Allen is famed for getting strong performances out of his actors, and the one-two punch of Phoenix and Stone could prove to be one of his best on-screen acting combinations to date.

Word is that Allen will start shooting this project in Rhode Island this July, so I’d imagine he’s eying a release date next summer. The director has made no secret of his preference for releasing movies in the summer months, and every project of his since Midnight in Paris has hit at that time of the year.

There will likely be quite a wait for Allen fans interested in learning more about his project with Phoenix and Stone, so in the interim they can check out the trailer for the director’s next venture, this summer’s Magic in the Moonlight. It looks like a jaunty little film with a great cast, and I’m definitely excited to see it when it opens July 25th.