Woody Allen held a press conference in Barcelona Monday to announce some new cast members of his latest film, which begins shooting in the city on July 9. Variety says that "a shroud of silence surrounds pic's title," which is totally untrue. The Guardian confirmed weeks ago that the film's title is Midnight in Barcelona, and at the recent press junket for Goya's Ghosts, I asked Javier Bardem if that was, in fact, the title and he said "Yes, it's called Midnight in Barcelona." I'm really starting to wonder if Variety's reporters know what they're doing. Anyway, the new cast members include Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn and Chris Messina, along with a couple of other names in smaller roles. They'll be joining confirmed cast members Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Penelope Cruz.
Woody had the following to say at the press conference: "I hope I can present Barcelona to the world as I see it, the same way I presented Manhattan to the world as I saw it with my eyes. I want to write a love letter to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the world." So far, very few details about the exact nature of the plot have been confirmed, but assuming that this is truly something being done in a love-letter spirit, I'd say expect something lighter in tone than Match Point andCassandra's Dream, which we've been told is even darker. Stay tuned to Cinematical for all the latest. Maybe Woody will invite us out for a set visit -- yeah, right.