Today from the world of news that seemed bound to happen eventually: Deadline.com reports that Emma Stone is negotiating to play the lead role in Woody Allen's next film, an untitled new comedy. No other casting details are available on the film at the moment.
This would be the latest high-profile collaboration on tap for the beloved Stone. She's also attached to star in Cameron Crowe's untitled romance opposite Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams, and Guillermo Del Toro's horror thriller "Crimson Peak" with Jessica Chastain.
Allen, of course, has made a career out of giving young actresses juicy and awards-caliber parts. He frequently and famously worked with Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow in the 1970s and 1980s and most recently cast Scarlett Johansson in a trio of films -- "Match Point," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Scoop." As EW.com noted when "Midnight In Paris" was released, "If you had to choose one director to bring out a career performance in any actress, you can’t do much better than Woody Allen." (McAdams, it should be noted, played against type to great effect in "Midnight In Paris.")
Stone, meanwhile, rose to fame after playing the object of Jonah Hill's affection in "Superbad," and has also starred in hits like "Easy A," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "The Amazing Spider-Man." It's her passing resemblance to "Mean Girls"-era Lindsay Lohan, however, that is of note at this moment: Last summer, Allen had a "social dinner" with Lohan and left saying he "wouldn't hesitate to use her in a movie because she's a very talented girl." Perhaps Lohan's ongoing legal battles left Allen no choice but to go for the zeitgeist-approved Lohan alternative in Stone for this new project? Or maybe he just really lurves "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Allen's next film, "Blue Jasmine," is out this summer. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay all star.
For more on Allen's latest, including where the film might shoot, head over to Deadline.com.