In a scathing New York Times editorial back in February, Dylan Farrow called out a number of Hollywood stars for their silence on the subject of Woody Allen, following allegations of his abuse. “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?” she wrote. “Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
Three months on, it seems that Farrow’s diatribe has done nothing to dissuade Hollywood’s best and brightest from working with the director. Earlier today, Variety broke the news that stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix have signed on to Allen’s next movie. No title or plot details have been released yet, but it’s a safe bet that the film, which starts shooting in July, will be wordy as all fuck and star Phoenix as some kind of bumbling-yet-inexplicably-appealing Allen surrogate.
Woody Allen has his muses, women he casts in the lead across multiple films. Diane Keaton was one, Scar-Jo was another, and it seems that Stone is the latest. She recently wrapped work on another Allen flick, Magic In The Moonlight, due for release later this year. Stone joins the likes of Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater and Jacki Weaver in the romantic comedy, about “an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.”
It seems Farrow’s allegations, however upsetting, have failed to tarnish Allen’s reputation among his peers. Then again, self-confessed sick fuck Roman Polanski still makes really excellent movies with stars like Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, so I guess the lesson here is that in Hollywood, morality’s a bit of a murky area.
For the record, Diane Keaton herself finally weighed in on the accusations against Allen over the weekend, firmly telling a Guardian reporter that she believes her friend Woody.