Allen will also appear onscreen in the untitled, six-episode project, in addition to writing and directing each half-hour installment, which will be set in the 1960s. Unlike most Amazon original series pickups, Allen’s project was given a full season order last January without shooting a pilot and presenting it to Prime Instant Video members, who are usually given the opportunity to vote on which shows they would like to see picked up to series.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, at the time of the series order. “From ‘Annie Hall’ to ‘Blue Jasmine,’ Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video.”
Cyrus posted about working with Allen via Instagram, noting that she has kept a painting of the director beside her bed for years.
The six half-hour episodes will begin filming in March to premiere later this year. May previously worked with Allen on 2000’s “Small Time Crooks,” which was her last credited role. This marks Cyrus’ first collaboration with the director.
News of Cyrus and May’s casting was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline.