Woody Allen’s Next Film To Feature Firth/Stone Romance?

Kara Warner
Senior Reporter
Movie Talk

To know writer/director Woody Allen's extensive body of work is to know that the man is as gifted a humorist as he is a hopeless romantic. Most of the time in Allen's world the guy should get the girl, and more often than not the guy is struggling with the neuroses of middle and/or old age and the girl is an innocent, lively young ingenue.

We suspect that Allen's recently announced next project should fit that bill. His untitled comedy has locked in A-list actors Colin Firth and Emma Stone to star in the film, which will be set in the south of France and begin production this summer.

With no other details about the film available at this time we are left to speculate that given Allen's track record with comedies and the pairings of older actors and younger actresses, Oscar-winner Firth and Hollywood It Girl Stone will play each other's love interest in some way. And if the two thespians play characters at their current ages the difference between the two is a gap of 28 years. A reminder again that this is all speculation until we receive more plot details or casting announcements but should Firth and Stone play out a romance, the nearly three decade age difference is par for the course when it comes to Woody Allen movies.

A few of the most memorable examples include: 1979's "Manhattan" in which Allen starred and co-wrote/directed, his middle-aged character was in a relationship with a 17-year-old young woman played by Mariel Hemingway; 1982's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" featured an engagement between then-70-year-old star Jose Ferrer and a then-35-year-old Mia Farrow; 1995's "Mighty Aphrodite" saw Allen woo Mira Sorvino, another 30-year gap but with a performance that earned Sorvino an Oscar; 2009's "Whatever Works" in which a 60-year-old man (Larry David) marries a 21-year-old woman (Evan Rachel Wood) and 2010's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" which featured a 72-year-old Anthony Hopkins opposite 33-year-old Lucy Punch, to name a few. Not to mention the fact that Allen himself is in a highly-publicized marriage with a woman (the adopted daughter of his ex, Farrow) 30 years his junior.

Only time will tell as to whether we'll see Firth romance Stone onscreen or not. But another non age gap-related Allen film pattern to note with regard to this upcoming comedy is that the film's French setting marks the second time Allen will travel to France for a film following 2011's hit and his biggest box office success "Midnight in Paris." It is Allen's eighth European-set film overall following films such as "To Rome with Love," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Scoop" and "Match Point."