Antonio Banderas joins Woody Allen pic

Film slated to start shooting in London in the summer

Woody Allen has been throwing some international flavor into his latest casting gumbo.

The Oscar-winning writer-director has just hired Antonio Banderas for his untitled project. The Spaniard joins Indian Freido Pinto, British-Australian Naomi Watts, American Josh Brolin and Brit Anthony Hopkins.

Allen's new film is scheduled to start shooting in London in the summer.

Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum and Jaume Roures are producing, with financing from the Spain-based Mediapro, which also funded "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Sony Pictures Classics will release Allen's "Whatever Works" on June 23.

The WMA-repped Banderas recently starred in "The Other Man" and "Take the Lead." He will appear in the DreamWorks Animation sequel "Shrek Goes Fourth" in May 2010.
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