Woody Allen announces ‘Bop’ cast

Production begins July 11

Woody Allen has unveiled the full cast for ”The Bop Decameron,” his Rome-set project that’s in pre-production.

Allen made the announcement Monday and listed the cast in alphabetical order, starting with himself.

Also starring are Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi.

Eisenberg, Page, Cruz and Baldwin have long been attached to star. Last month, Allen also announced that Davis had joined the cast.

As recently revealed by Variety — and subsequently confirmed by Allen — the pic is set in contempo Rome, but loosely inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” the classic collection of 100 bawdy novellas written in the 1350s. The pic consists of four separate vignettes — two with American characters set in Rome, while the other two involve Italian characters, also set in Rome — but the vignettes never intersect.

”The Bop Decameron” is a Gravier Productions film produced by Allen’s longtime partners Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum.

The announcement noted that this is Allen’s first film to be financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film. It also said ”The Bop Decameron” begins production on July 11 and marks Allen’s first time shooting in Rome.

The film has a Euros 17 million ($24.8 million) budget.

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