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‘Biutiful’ Actress Maricel Álvarez Joins Woody Allen’s Rome-Set ‘Bop Decameron’

'Biutiful' Actress Maricel Álvarez Joins Woody Allen's Rome-Set 'Bop Decameron'

After winning most critics (including ours) over with his Gallic adventure in “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen is to continue his ridiculously prolific run averaging a film a year taking his European holiday to Rome. Tentatively titled “Bop Decameron,” the project is loosely based on a collection of 14th century novellas by Giovanni Boccarccio and boasts a star-studded cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Begnini.

Now, after playing the mother of Javier Bardem‘s children in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s “Biutiful,” Argentinian theater actress Maricel Álvarez has reportedly joined the cast of Allen’s latest, which ironically stars the real-life mother of Bardem’s child, Cruz.

No word on who Álvarez — who we featured in our Breakthrough Female Performances of 2010 — will be playing but we presume it’ll be a European part in one of the four unconnected vignettes, two of which will feature American characters in the city with the other two involving Italian cast members. As far as plot goes, that’s about as much information as you’ll probably get from an Allen pic this early on and much remains to be answered. Are the two Spanish-speaking thesps doubling as Italians? Is Begnini one of the leads of the Italian vignettes? Will Allen follow through with his claim that he’ll also be returning as an actor for the first time since “Scoop“? The guessing game continues. [ScreenDaily]

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Steven Kaye

Woody has said that the stories are actually “interwoven”.


“which ironically stars the real-life mother of Bardem’s child, Cruz.”
Not irony. Just sayin’.
(I’m an ass.)


According to IMDB, Riccardo Scamarcio who was in “La Meglio Gioventu”, “Romanzo Criminale” and “Mine Vaganti” is also cast in this. Also, Judy Davis has been confirmed as a returning Allen veteran, and Woody has said multiple times that he was indeed acting in this. :)

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