Kate Winslet is in final negotiations to star in Woody Allen’s next film.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the 40-year-old English actress is close to finalizing a role in the controversial filmmaker’s next project.
In true Allen style, the details of the film are shrouded in secrecy, but it will be the 47th movie he has directed in his career, which now spans over five decades.
According to Variety, filming will commence in the fall and Allen’s long time collaborators Letty Aronson and Edward Walson will act as producers.
Mia Farrow’s son, Ronan Farrow, recently called out actresses for working with the 80-year-old director, who dated his mother for more than a decade. Allen was accused of molesting Ronan’s sister, Dylan, after he and Farrow split, but he denied the claims and the case was later dropped.
"Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies," Ronan wrote in The Hollywood Reporter last month. "'It's not personal,' one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is - for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction."
"Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film," he continued, referring to Allen’s latest movie, Café Society. “He'll have his stars at his side - Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won't ask them the tough questions. It's not the time, it's not the place, it's just not done. That kind of silence isn't just wrong. It's dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish of coming forward."
Following publication of Farrow’s scathing letter, Lively defended Allen at Cannes, telling the L.A. Times, "It's amazing what Woody has written for women. It's very dangerous to factor in things you don't know anything about. I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he's empowering to women."
Stewart also defended the director in an interview with Variety, stating that she discussed the issue with co-star Jesse Eisenberg and concluded, "If we were persecuted for the amount of sh*t that's been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over."
Find out about Cyrus’ work with Allen in the video below.