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Kate Winslet already boarded the project last month, and Jim Belushi recently signed on to star.
The pic will mark the first collaboration between singer-actor Timberlake, best known on the film side for his turns in The Social Network and Inside Llewyn Davis, and director Allen. The move is similar to Allen casting music star Miley Cyrus to topline his first-ever television project — an untitled six-episode series he wrote and directed for Amazon. (Allen and Elaine May also star.)
The new film is being produced by longtime Allen collaborator Letty Aronson, Erika Aronson and Edward Walson. It begins shooting in the fall in New York. As usual, the project is shrouded in secrecy, and the movie’s title and plot details are being kept under wraps.
Though the official cast announcement made no mention of a distributor, sources say Amazon already is committed. Amazon is releasing Allen’s latest, Cafe Society, with Lionsgate. That pic premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will open theatrically in the U.S. on July 15 via Lionsgate and Amazon, before moving to Amazon’s Prime streaming service.
Allen is known for attracting high-end talent to his ensemble films despite their relatively small budgets. Cafe Society stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Steve Carell. Allen currently is in postproduction on the Amazon series.
Temple, whose recent film credits include Black Mass, had a breakout performance on the HBO series Vinyl. However, that show was recently canceled, with the cabler scrapping plans for a second season. She is repped by UTA, Troika and attorney James Feldman.
Timblerlake introduced his next film, Trolls, at Cannes. He is the voice star alongside Anna Kendrick. He is handled by WME, LBI Entertainment and attorney P.J. Shapiro.
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