Another year, another Woody Allen movie. Continuing the recent pattern of releasing the Great Neurotic One's films in the height of summer (a strategy that "Midnight in Paris" proved conducive for strong box office and eventual awards consideration), Sony Pictures Classics will debut "Blue Jasmine" on July 26.
If the trailer is any indication, "Blue Jasmine" might be Allen's most serious-minded film in quite some time, as the story appears to deal with the fallout of a Madoff-like situation in which Cate Blanchett (presumably playing the wife of a financial criminal) is left to pick up the pieces of her own personal financial crisis. Blanchett's performance looks to be exhibit Q as to why she's perhaps the best actress in all contemporary English-language cinema, and she offers more memorable moments in this trailer alone than Allen was able to serve up in all of "To Rome With Love." The absurdly varied supporting cast harkens back to the stacked dramas that Allen churned out in the 90s, as the trailer provides glimpses of everyone from Sally Hawkins to Louis C.K. and ... Andrew Dice Clay? Okay, raise your hand if you though that you'd ever see Andrew Dice Clay in a Woody Allen film. Cool, now put your hand down because you're lying to me and you're lying to yourself.
Here's the film's official one-sheet.