Woody Allen's Spanish project is taking a step further with the announcement on additional cast and the filming date. In a press conference held on Monday (July 2, 2007), Allen also stated that he's looking forward to work in Barcelona with “great, great enthusiasm”.
Allen will start the movie that is tentatively titled "Midnight in Barcelona" on July 9. Those already on board as the main cast are Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall while the latest added actors are Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn and Chris Messina. These people will be joined by a number secondary cast and some local actors.
Allen is also hoping that he can reprise the success of portraying Manhattan in his 1979 film. "I hope I can present Barcelona to the world as I see it, the same way I presented Manhattan to the world as I saw it with my eyes," said Allen. "I want to write a love letter to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the world."
A comedy primarily set in the Spain's second largest city, pic will have some of its scenes taken in the northern city of Oviedo. Allen was reportedly spotted to scout locations there early earlier last month following a secret premiere of his latest writing and directing effort "Cassandra's Dream" in nearby Aviles.