Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Woody Allen’s 2013 Film

Production has, we assume, finished on Woody Allen’s 2013 film. It’s been very exciting to follow the production in the era of social media and camera phones. With filming finished, here’s our wrap up of everything we know about the film.

Plot & Title:

The 2013 film remains untitled. History tells us that when Allen has a title he’s not shy about it, even if he changes it later.

The plot is slightly more clear. The film is the story about a woman who is living the high life in New York, but then comes into money troubles. She is then forced to live a more humble lifestyle in San Francisco, where her sister lives. Of course, she meets a man there.

All this sounds like a perfect comedic set up, especially considering some of the comedy chops of the cast. However, Allen told the Guardian that the new film is a ‘serious drama’.


We know the film is set in two cities – San Francisco and New York. It seems that San Francisco will be the primary location.

Very interesting that the San Frnacisco areas used for shooting are around hip, cheaper neighbourhoods like Mission, whereas in New York, Allen filmed on the most expensive parts of Manhattan. This seems to fit in with the plot.

The locations used were cafes and stores. The one big exception was a day spent shooting on an iconic San Francisco cable car.


Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Blanchett is confirmed as the lead. She has been spotted in almost every day of filming. She’s been dressed in Chanel in New York and spent weeks filming in San Francisco.

Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins

Hawkins has appeared the second most after Cate Blanchett. She is playing Blanchett’s character’s sister, called Ginger. She is the more free-spirited sister, living in Mission and helping Blanchett adjust.

She also appeared in the New York filming. Initial reports called Hawkins a co-lead with Blanchett – and she’s certainly famous enough to do that outside the US. She was also one of the very first people cast in the film.

Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, unknown, Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Baldwin has appeared in a typical tie and suit in New York, but never made it to San Francisco. It seems the actor will only have a small role, although he is probably one of the more famous names billed. Baldwin, who’s now finished with 30 Rock, has said that he has no further acting plans, and this could be his final role.

Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.

The recent Emmy award winning comedian appeared only in San Francisco filming, although he was spotted having dinner with some of the cast on Long Island – perhaps he has a bigger role than we know. However, in an interview he said he auditioned for one role, but didn’t get it. Allen actually asked him to try another, smaller role.

Cate Blanchett and Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard

Sarsgaard also only appeared in San Francisco. Initial reports claimed that Bradley Cooper would be in the film. That fell through and we assume Sarsgaard took the role (the remaining actors don’t really have that leading man vibe). We also assume he is Blanchett’s love interest in San Francisco, and appeared in many scenes with her.

A fan with Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale has only appeared in the San Francisco shooting. He shares many scenes with Sally Hawkins. We know nothing else about his character, but can make an educated guess that he plays Hawkin’s love interest.

Woody Allen, Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay only appeared in public once, in New York for filming. One scene was filmed in a car. We know nothing else about his character.

Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson did not appear publicly at all in the entire time of principal photography. We know nothing else about his character.

Cate Blanchett and Kenneth Edelson

Kenneth Edelson

Edelson, one of Allen’s friends, has appeared in 14 Allen films to date. This will be his 15th. He usually appears as an extra in party or dinner scenes.

Release Date & further details:

It’s clear that the film will be released in 2013. Focus Features, who handled the sales and distribution for To Rome With Love, will also handle this new film.

You can check out all our coverage of the 2013 film, including locations, photos and much more.

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  1. I saw Woody Allen filming this summer in San Francisco, my city. Surprisingly, was actually filming in my neck of the woods, right near West portal and Ulloa Streets. The ladder street was shut down for about a block, and they were doing some filming I believe that a dental office of some sort. They said he was walking around West portal by himself sightseeing and grabbing coffee or tea. I would’ve dropped dead if I could have met him, or been in his film at any capacity. Look forward to seeing it.

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