Woody, meet Owen. Owen, Woody.

Risky Business reports that Owen Wilson is attached to star in the next Woody Allen film alongside the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who accepted her role last November.

Like all Allen films, no one knows anything about the plot, title or even the characters before production begins. What we do know is that this would be the first collaboration between Allen and Wilson, until now a faithful mainstay of another auteur's camp: Wes Anderson's.

Which begs the question: Are Wilson and Allen a good fit? Woody, meet Owen. Owen, Woody.

Risky Business reports that Owen Wilson is attached to star in the next Woody Allen film alongside the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who accepted her role last November.

Like all Allen films, no one knows anything about the plot, title or even the characters before production begins. What we do know is that this would be the first collaboration between Allen and Wilson, until now a faithful mainstay of another auteur's camp: Wes Anderson's.

Which begs the question: Are Wilson and Allen a good fit?

Perhaps. While the majority of Allen's films have either himself or a poor, nebbish imitation of himself as the star (Kenneth Branagh in 'Celebrity'; Larry David in 'Whatever Works'), some of his most interesting films lately have been those in which the protagonist has a completely different persona.

Will Ferrell's take on the Woody Allen hero was the freshest part of the otherwise stale 'Melinda and Melinda,' and in 'Match Point,' Jonathan Rhys-Myers brought a sinister intensity to an Allen lead that we hadn't seen in his films before (or at least since 1989's 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'). What kind of spin will Wilson bring? It might be interesting to see. The actor's track record with Wes Anderson proves he has the wit, timing and awareness to pull off the the pseudo-intellectual dialogue, but he's also got an ironic bravado that might be a welcome presence in Allen's next film.

Wison's next project is the sequel 'Little Fockers,' due out in December. Allen's 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,' starring Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins, will hit theaters in September.
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