Woody Allen’s Next has a 44-year-old Man with a 15-year-old Concubine
Yet another controversy seems to be on the anvil for noted director Woody Allen with his yet to be named next project. Tentatively titled ‘A Rainy Day in New York,’ starring Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall, the film apparently has Jude Law playing a middle-aged married man in a relationship with a 15 year, who is shown as his concubine.
According to reports the film has an adult-minor sex scene, but the plot twist apparently reveals that the teen is in fact a 21-year-old.
Elle Fanning plays the role of the concubine. This wouldn’t be the first time Allen has explored the theme of a relationship between a very young girl and a much older man. Previously in the movie, Manhattan, Allen played the protagonist dating a 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway.
In other movies too, Allen has cast himself as a much older male protagonist opposite very young female actresses, with a 30 year difference between him and Helena Bonham Carter, and a 37 year difference between him and Juliette Lewis in his earlier movies.
He recently skirted controversy when he commented he felt sad for everyone involved in the Harvey Weinstein scandal when it broke out, later clarifying he’d meant he was sad for Weinstein because he was a “sad, sick man”.
Ronan Farrow, the journalist behind the New Yorker expose detailing allegations of rape against Harvey Weinstein is the octogenarian’s adopted son.
Allen, 81, has been in the news for his personal life, for all the wrong reasons too. The first when he had a long-standing relationship and then married the adopted daughter of his then partner, Mia Farrow, and later when he was accused of allegedly abusing his daughter Dylan when she was seven years old, an accusation supported by his son Ronan, who recently broke the Weinstein scandal. Allen has always strongly denied the accusations.