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Bardem joins Woody Allen project

Spanish star joins Cruz in Barcelona set movie

MADRID — Javier Bardem has joined Penelope Cruz in the cast of Woody Allen’s upcoming, untitled summer shoot in Barcelona.

As with Cruz, Bardem’s role is unknown: Allen, who is currently editing “Cassandra’s Dream,” has yet to finish the screenplay. But, like Cruz, Bardem has been asked to keep dates free for the summer.

Details of the pic remain sketchy. More or less the only things that has been made public by Allen or pic’s Spanish producer Mediapro is that it is produced by Mediapro and Gravier Prods., the banner of Allen’s sister Letty Aronson, his longtime producer, it will shoot mainly in Barcelona and contains English and some Spanish dialogue. Also, its plot features foreigners in the Spanish city and turns on a love entanglement, Allen has declared.

A summer stint with Allen dovetails nicely with Bardem’s immediate commitment to tubthump the five-part feature “Invisibles,” which Bardem produced, with contributions from Wim Wenders, Isabel Coixet, Fernando Leon, Mariano Barroso and Javier Corcuera.

Turning on some of the world’s most overlooked conflicts and illnesses, the five-part fiction/docu pic, played in the Berlin Fest’s Panorama last week and shortly bows in Spain.

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