Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning are the latest crop of young woman performers to be labeled “Woody Allen’s Muse.” Congrats.
Page Six reports that alongside Timothée Chalamet, Gomez and Fanning will be joining Allen’s as yet untitled film, produced for Amazon Studios. According to Billboard, the logline is being kept under wraps, but let’s guess that at some point an older man will get to have sex with a younger woman.
It’s tempting to question why Gomez, Fanning and Chalamet would engage with Allen, who is yet another powerful man who has been accused of child abuse, but they’re just a few of many young stars to normalize Allen’s continued presence in media. In fact, most celebrities of various ages won’t say a word against him, with occasional outliers like Susan Sarandon.
His next film Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet, and he’s recently attracted actors like Blake Lively and Justin Timberlake and Kristen Stewart to his projects, so clearly even high-caliber actors either don’t care about his reputation or think they have something to fear in coming out against him. Of those, Selena Gomez likely has the biggest social media reach, which means a whole new generation will soon be introduced to Woody Allen, auteur and muse collector.