Woody Allen Releases Trailer for Embattled Film 'A Rainy Day in New York'

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The director posted the trailer for the film, which has been shelved by Amazon amid renewed outcry over sexual-abuse allegations on the part of Allen, on his Facebook page.

Ahead of A Rainy Day in New York's Italian release but amid Woody Allen's legal battle with Amazon Studios, which holds the rights to the pic's U.S. distribution, the filmmaker has released the trailer for the film on his Facebook page.

"The official trailer for 'A Rainy Day in New York,'" the director wrote, along with the video link. The trailer shows Elle Fanning playing a student journalist who travels to New York with her boyfriend (Timothee Chalamet) for an interview with a famous director (Liev Schreiber). When the day is interrupted by rain, Fanning's writer finds herself chasing a real scoop and landing on the set of the new director's movie while Chalamet's character suspects she is cheating on him with an older man.

Though the movie has been shelved in the U.S. amid renewed outcry over Dylan Farrow's allegations that Allen sexually abused her as a child, Italian distributor Lucky Red will distribute the film in European countries, with a release date of Oct. 3 for Italy. 

Lucky Red also distributed the director's 2017 film Wonder Wheel in Italy, where it collected $3.5 million, the highest gross the pic made in an individual foreign country.

In May, The Hollywood Reporter's Ariston Anderson reported that Amazon Studios attempted to end its association with Allen amid the #MeToo movement, but the filmmaker responded by suing for $68 million for breach of contract, his minimum guaranteed payment for four films for the studio.

In April, the streamer said in a court filing that it was "justified" in ending Allen's deal, arguing that a comment he made about the #MeToo movement ahead of Wonder Wheel's release tanked the film's box office potential. 

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Amazon Studios, Fanning and Chalamet for comment.

See the trailer below.