A little more than a year ago, Amazon announced it had drafted Woody Allen, now 80, for the filmmaker's television debut—despite Allen not having any idea what a streaming service is. (His words, not ours.)
Now we've got our first casting news, with Deadline revealing that 23-year-old Miley Cyrus and 83-year-old two-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter/actress Elaine May (Primary Colors, Heaven Can Wait) will star in the '60s period piece. Miley, as we reflected yesterday, at the start of Fuse's Class of 2006 Week, began her TV stardom a decade ago with Disney Channel's Hannah Montana. May appeared in Allen's 2000 film Small Time Crooks; that was her last onscreen performance.
Miley's reaction, in an Instagram caption on a photo showing a trippy Woody Allen painting:
"Fuck yeah ! Stoked to be in Woody Allens first series!!!!! I had claimed 2016 to be my year of 'chillin the fuck out' but next to my bed for a few years now has been this portrait of W.A. & I was looking into his eyes when I got the call to be apart of the cast and work alongside the bad a$$ Elaine May & da dude himself! 1960zzzz here I cummmmm."
The still-untitled, still-mysterious Amazon series will begin filming in March. It'll come in the form of six half-hour episodes, potentially giving it a film-via-episodes feel similar to Amazon's Transparent and Catastrophe. In May 2015, a trepidatious Allen told Deadline he'd been courted by Amazon for more than a year and a half. "And I have regretted every second since I said OK," he bemoaned, going on at length:
"I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling. I only hope that when I finally do it—I have until the end of 2016—they’re not crushed with disappointment because they’re nice people and I don’t want to disappoint them. ... It’s not a piece of cake; it’s a tough thing and I’m earning every penny that they’re giving me and I just hope that they don’t feel, ‘My God, we gave him a very substantial amount of money and freedom and this is what he gives us?’"
Let's see what that Miley magic can do for the Woodman.