Woody Allen’s upcoming Amazon series has a cast, and it’s a doozy.
Screenwriter and comedian Elaine May and former child actress/current pop star/all-around scamp Miley Cyrus are set to headline the series alongside Allen himself sources familiar with the project confirm to the LA Times.
Amazon announced its collaboration with Woody Allen in January 2015, at which time Allen said, "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." In addition to starring in the project, Allen will also be writing and directing.
As for his leading ladies, May and Cyrus make a curious pair.
May, whose last onscreen role was in Allen’s 2000 film “Small Time Crooks,” broke into the industry in the ‘50s as half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, alongside future famed director Mike Nichols. The pair won a Grammy for best comedy album in 1962. May went on to a successful career as a screenwriter, garnering two Oscar nominations for screenwriting for 1978’s “Heaven Can Wait” and 1998’s “Primary Colors.”
Cyrus, on the other hand, came to prominence through the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” in which she played a secret teenage pop star. She went on to find success in the music world in her own right, achieving her first No. 1 single in the United States with “Wrecking Ball” in 2013 and a Grammy nomination for pop vocal album with “Bangerz”.
Amazon has yet to announce a release date (or a title) for Allen’s series, but in the meantime, May’s latest directorial project, “Mike Nichols: American Masters,” airs Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
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