The Hollywood Reporter announced that Mexican-American actress and singer Selena Gomez has joined the latest film from director Woody Allen. Gomez will join Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalemet in the untitled film. Like many of Allen’s previous movies the plot is being kept tightly under wraps. All that’s currently known, outside of the actors, is that Amazon Studios is distributing the feature.
The young stars are causing a bit of a media firestorm considering Allen’s controversial past, including allegations of sexual assault. Gomez herself is a producer on the critically acclaimed (and hot button in its own right) Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, a show focused on young teens and sexual assault though she’s no stranger to controversial film choices, diving into adult roles with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers in 2012.
Twitter users had a lot to say about Gomez’s choice to work with the director whose adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accused him of molestation in an open letter in the New York Times.
13rw: a show about how sexual assault is often ignored and the consequences of that
selena gomez, producer of 13rw: *supports woody allen*
— tara on holidayㅤㅤㅤ (@zatannnazatara) August 9, 2017
(Some) Selena stans: OMG she's working w/ Woody Allen…djjfkfglltkktl
Everybody else: He's a rapist & sexually abused a child.
— Tmerc (@tmerc19) August 8, 2017
"Why can't people use their voice for something that fucking matters?" – Selena Gomez, July 17, 2016. https://t.co/FUPjYTAApm
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 8, 2017
selena gomez will apparently be in a woody allen film why do all these stars keep working for a man his DAUGHTER accused of molestation wtf
— Megan (@MegzThatzMe) August 9, 2017
It’s unknown when cameras will roll on the Allen project.