Owen Wilson May Be Woody Allen’s Next Star

Woody Allen hasn’t gone a year without writing/directing a movie since 1976, when he starred in Martin Ritt’s comedy “The Front.” And since this year’s release is basically set, with a planned September release, it’s time to start talking about what’s coming from the prolific filmmaker in 2011.

Technically, it’s something that’s already been talked about. In November of last year, former model and current French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy revealed that Allen had offered her a role in the next film, a Paris-based romantic drama. While the casting hasn’t ever been confirmed by the director, Bruni-Sarkozy did reveal that she’d accepted the offer. Now there’s some rumbling around town about the possible star for this next movie: Owen Wilson.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business blog reveals that Wilson is “attached” to star in the still-untitled Allen film. There’s nothing more to go on than that really, as the filmmaker tends to keep specific details under wraps until there’s a need to reveal them. “You Will Meet A Tall, Dark Stranger” is Allen’s next, and even with the September release drawing closer, all we really know is who the players are and that story involves some flavor of family drama.

I’ve really got to hand it to Wilson, who overcame his personal issues from a few years ago and has since delivered the same consistent level of quality that he’s known for. He was heard last year in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Roald Dahl adaptation “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and will next be heard again in “Marmaduke,” which hits theaters this summer. He’s got a number of live-action roles coming up too: that untitled James L. Brooks project starring Reese Witherspoon, the long-awaited “Meet the Fockers” sequel and the upcoming Farrelly Brothers comedy “Hall Pass.”

What do you think? Is Wilson the right choice for a Woody Allen lead? Do you need to know more about the project before forming such an opinion?