12/22/2011 02:35 pm ET

Woody Allen To Star In New Comedy, Alongside Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz And More

Many have said that Woody Allen's recent films just don't pack the same punch as they used to. Maybe that is because viewers are watching Allen's signature neurotic yet lovable protagonist through a veil as other actors portray a part so obviously meant for Allen himself. Well, Allen buffs rejoice, because his upcoming film, a comedy entitled 'Nero Fiddled,' will star Allen himself.

The film will be set in Rome, a first for Allen, who has featured New York, Paris, London and Barcelona with such passion in his past films they become characters instead of settings. 'Nero,' according to Sony Pictures Classic, has "more laughs in this one than you can imagine."

The all-star cast includes Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Greta Gerwig, and of course Woody Allen, in his first on-camera performance since 2006's 'Scoop.' The film will be made up of four vignettes, two about Americans and two about Italians.

Summer 2011's 'Midnight In Paris,' was a surprise smash hit, making it Allen's highest grossing film in North America with $60 million at the box office. Watch a clip from the charming comedy, in which Adrien Brody plays Salvador Dali, below: