Woody Allen will gift the cinematic world with his latest offering, Café Society, next month at the Cannes Film Festival, when the film has its world premiere on May 11. In the meantime, the first international trailer for his 1930s romantic comedy-drama has debuted, and stars Jesse Eisenberg as a young man (Bobby) who moves to Hollywood hoping to work in the film industry. He falls in love with two women, Kristen Stewart (Twilight films) and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), “and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age,” per IMDB.
Coming Soon notes that the cast also includes funnyman Steve Carell (The Office), Jeannie Berlin (Inherent Vice), indie darling Parker Posey (Best in Show), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), and Ken Stott (The Hobbit Trilogy). Allen will produce the project along with his long-time collaborators Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, and Edward Walson. Executive producers are Ronald L. Chez, Adam B. Stern, and Allan Teh.
Café Society will have its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 19, before Amazon Studios releases it in the U.S. on August 12.
“This whole town runs on ego,” Carell’s character, who plays Bobby’s uncle and a key industry figure, tells Bobby in the clip.
Watch the trailer for Café Society below.
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Despite long-standing rumors and allegations that he’s some sort of pervert of children, Hollywood has allowed Allen to release a film nearly every year since his 1966 feature debut What’s Up, Tiger Lily? BuzzFeed calculated how much each of his films have earned at the box office, and make no mistake, the man is minted. While Hollywood has seen many prominent male celebrities have their careers tarnished and derailed because of disturbing sex-related accusations, Allen continues to prosper.
According to legend, Woody and his former daughter-turned-wife Soon-Yi Previn began their relationship in the late ’80s while Allen was dating actress Mia Farrow, with whom he adopted several children. Previn is Farrow’s adopted daughter from her prior marriage to composer André Previn.
Woody has said that “his 23-year relationship with Soon-Yi Previn worked because of their previous parent-child relationship,” per Page Six. Soon-Yi told Time in 1992, “To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable.”
“I’m 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked,” the director told NPR. “I was paternal. She responded to someone who was paternal.”
“She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things,” he continued. “She flourished. It was just a good luck thing.”
Allen married Previn in 1997 and they have two adopted daughters together.
Café Society is Allen’s first feature to be shot in digital. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios paid $15 million upfront to secure the rights to the film. It will screen in theaters briefly this summer before it’s available for Amazon Prime subscribers to stream. Woody also inked a deal with Amazon to create his first TV series starring himself, Miley Cyrus, and Elaine May.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, said in a press release announcing the news. “From ‘Annie Hall’ to ‘Blue Jasmine,’ Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”
Woody Allen’s Amazon deal for Café Society stunned many in the game. The overall deal was worth more than $20 million (including print and advertising costs), compared to the $5 million that Sony Pictures Classics paid for his last film, Irrational Man ($1 million upfront and $4 million for P&A).