Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Appear in New Woody Allen Movie

By Sadie Bass

Apr 22, 2010 1:55pm

ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from Paris: France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is getting ready to make an appearance in Woody Allen’s new movie, due to be shot in Paris this summer. After months of suspense, the former-supermodel-turned-singer has reportedly officially accepted Allen’s offer to play a minor part in his new film. The leading role is going to French actress Marion Cotillard who won the Oscar for best actress in 2008 for her performance as the French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose”. Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and American actor Owen Wilson are also due to play in the film. The Oscar-winning American director met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife at the French presidential palace last June in Paris. At the time, during a press conference for the promotion of his movie Whatever Works, Allen indicated he would choose Carla Bruni-Sarkozy without the shadow of a doubt to play in one of his films, citing her charisma.  But at the time, he said he did not have a story for her. A few month later, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told French TV that she had accepted the offer by Woody Allen. But last month, all of a sudden, it seemed that the Oscar-winning American director was about to abandon the idea of seeing Bruni-Sarkozy play in his film. He admitted on Swiss TV that hiring her was far from certain because as the French first lady, he had to take into account the risks there could be of seeing her being taken away at any moment by other duties, like a political crisis or an important event. But this moment of doubt quickly evaporated. Did Bruni-Sarkozy successfully convinced Woody Allen that her official duties would not prevent her from being on the set? Probably oui. The film’s title, release date and the French first lady’s precise role are due to be announced soon.
This will be the second time Bruni-Sarkozy appears in a movie. In 1994, she played her own role in Robert Altman's fashion satire "Prêt-a-Porter." 

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