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Woody Allen Casts Carla Bruni for French Flick

France's first lady to play "secondary role" in Paris-based film

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    Carla Bruni is doing Woody.

    Woody Allen has cast France’s first lady Carla Bruni in his next film, but don't expect her to earn the same screen time as Allen's past muses: Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton and Scarlet Johansson.

    Barcelona-based producer Javier Mendez  tells Variety Bruni will play a “secondary role.” 

    Details on the Oscar-winning director's newest project are scant: Mendez, who's lined up work with Allen for three films, says the English-French flick will likely be shot in Paris and cost $30 million.

    Allen reportedly bowed out of the last film he planned to shoot in Paris because of money woes. This time he's set to recoup 20 percent of expenses from a government tax rebate, a French Film Commission rep tells Variety.

    The "Annie Hall" director's latest project, London-based “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” is now in post-production, according to Variety. The film stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.