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For Woody Allen, sometimes it's best to make it official, especially when you're dealing with politicians.

Though it's been widely reported for months that French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would take a role in Allen's next film, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that "sources close to the production" confirmed that the former model will indeed appear in Allen's current flick alongside Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard.

Allen has been vocal about wanting to cast Bruni-Sarkozy, whose only film appearance was in a small role Robert Altman's 1994 film 'Pret-a-Porter,' set in the world of high fashion. For Woody Allen, sometimes it's best to make it official, especially when you're dealing with politicians.

Though it's been widely reported for months that French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would take a role in Allen's next film, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that "sources close to the production" confirmed that the former model will indeed appear in Allen's current flick alongside Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard.

Allen has been vocal about wanting to cast Bruni-Sarkozy, whose only film appearance was in a small role Robert Altman's 1994 film 'Pret-a-Porter,' set in the world of high fashion.

Bruni has always been in the orbit of celebrity, and is rumored to have had affairs with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton before marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. And she's shown a taste for the artfully provocative, whether its the controversial nude photo of her that was auctioned off in 2008, her singing career or the odd, recent experiments with some unsuspecting NYU art students.

Viewed in that light, a Woody Allen film seems like a tame move.

But how will Allen use her? As always, no details are known about his intentions until the film's in the can, but Allen's never shied away from smart, witty nods to pop cultural icons in his films. And while its easy to assume that Bruni-Sarkozy may appear in a typical supporting role -- Wilson's ex-girlfriend, perhaps -- it would be nice to see Allen go old school here and have her appear as herself, along the lines of Marshall McCluhan's excellent 'Annie Hall' cameo.

We'll just have to wait until next year to see. In the meantime, Allen's 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,' starring Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins, will hit theaters this September, after it's premiere at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in May.