A pinch of dashing Spaniard for next Allen pic


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

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

The film is scheduled to start shooting in London in the summer.

Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum and Jaume Roures are producing, with financing from 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 reprise his role as Puss in Boots in DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Goes Fourth" in May 2010. (partialdiff)