Woody Allen welcomes Brit Lucy Punch

Actress steps in for Nicole Kidman in untitled film

Lucy Punch

Lucy Punch is the next Nicole Kidman. In the new Woody Allen film, that is.

The British actress wowed the writer-director with a screen test and secured the role in Allen's newest film that Kidman had taken in March and vacated weeks later.

The relative unknown, who starred on the CBS series "The Class" and had roles in "Hot Fuzz" and "Ella Enchanted," joins Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in the untitled project.

Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum and Jaume Roures are producing, with financing from Spain-based Mediapro, which also funded Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." The film will shoot in London in the summer.

Punch, repped by ICM, Benderspink and United Agents, also will appear in "Young Americans," a Universal comedy scheduled for release in January.