Antonio Banderas joins Woody Allen picture

Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:24pm EST
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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Woody Allen has been throwing some international flavor into his latest casting gumbo.

The writer-director has just hired Antonio Banderas for his untitled project. The Spaniard joins Indian "Slumdog Millionaire" starlet Freida Pinto, British-Australian Naomi Watts, American Josh Brolin and Welshman Anthony Hopkins.

Shooting is scheduled to start in London this summer. As usual with Allen's films, the plot is a secret.

Banderas recently starred in "The Other Man" and "Take the Lead." He will appear in the DreamWorks Animation sequel "Shrek Goes Fourth" in May 2010.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)

<p>Spanish actor and director Antonio Banderas poses during a photo session at the Village at the Lift during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 23, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>