Woody Allen has set himself and Hugh Jackman to join Scarlett Johansson and “Deadwood” star Ian McShane in the untitled comedy Allen wrote and will direct.
Pic, which begins shooting June 27, will be Allen’s second straight London-lensed comedy after “Match Point,” which also stars Johansson.
“It’s a treat to be filming in London again,” Allen said. “The weather is overcast and rainy, and so I’m in heaven.
“The film is a comedy melodrama that is contemporary and takes place in London,” he continued. “Johansson plays a visiting American student who has a love affair with a British aristocrat. I play a low-grade American entertainer, which is perfect for me because that’s what I am.”
The film — which, in keeping with Allen tradition, won’t be titled until the end of production — is being financed by Ingenious Films, BBC Films and the Bank of Ireland.
Letty Aronson and Gareth Wiley are producing; Helen Robin and Nicky Kentish Barnes are co-producing. Steven Tenenbaum is exec producer, and Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe are co-exec producers.
Jackman will shoot the film before he reprises his role as Wolverine in “X3,” the third installment of the “X-Men” franchise, which Brett Ratner will direct this summer for 20th Century Fox.