Emma Stone is the latest star to join Woody Allen's company of recurring players. The 25-year-old "Amazing Spider-Man" actress has joined the cast of Allen's next film, which as of several days ago also features Joaquin Phoenix, according to a Variety report.
The movie is untitled and plot details are unknown, but Allen is expected to write, direct and produce as usual, the report says. Shooting could start in July.
Stone also worked with Allen on "Magic in the Moonlight," opening July 25; the film is a Jazz Age romantic comedy about an Englishman (Colin Firth) called upon to get to the bottom of a possible swindle in the South of France.
Allen is known for working with the same actors on several films, particularly his leading ladies, who have included Scarlett Johansson, Diane Keaton, Penelope Cruz and Dianne Wiest. The new movie is expected to be an ensemble piece, as many Allen movies are, and will mark Phoenix's first time working with the director.
Stone can be seen on the silver screen in the superhero sequel "Amazing Spider-Man 2" opposite real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield. The movie opened to $92 million and mixed reviews last weekend, though many critics praised Stone's performance.
Phoenix, who earned strong notices for his performance in the techno-romance "Her" last year, will next appear on screen opposite Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner in "The Immigrant," a drama set in 1920s New York and directed by James Gray. The film opens May 16.
Allen meanwhile is coming off the professional success of his most recent film, "Blue Jasmine," which landed Cate Blanchett an Oscar for lead actress, and the personal turmoil resulting from accusations by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow that he molested her as a child. He has denied the allegations.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times