Why You May Never Get To See Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet's New Woody Allen Movie
It could be due to the film’s controversial director.
It’s a new dawn in Hollywood as the #MeToo movement is redefining what’s acceptable behaviour behind-the-scenes of one of the world’s biggest industries, and that could mean the chop for Selena Gomez’s new film, A Rainy Day In New York.
For context, the film's director is Woody Allen, who is subject to ongoing allegations of sexual assault from Mia Farrow's daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Dylan alleges that Allen, her mother's former partner and her adoptive father, sexually assaulted her when she was still a child - allegations that she first made in 1992 and has stood by ever since. Dylan is supported in these claims by her brother Ronan Farrow, who has previously publicly stated that these claims are "backed by a significant body of credible evidence, including physical and eyewitnesses to abuse."
The plot of the movie, which also stars Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Timothée Chalamet, follows a "middle-aged man who is sleeping with a much younger woman, among other actresses", sources have told Page Six - and now the film looks like it's not getting a release date any time soon.
It was originally set to drop on Amazon’s own streaming service but the company is now stating that "no release day has ever been set" for it. Weird, right? Especially considering that Vulture previously reported that the film was due for theatrical release by Amazon at some point this year.
But this ‘no release date’ sitch could equally mean nothing; the company could simply be holding out for a later release date, or the similarities between the plot and real-life accusations could be halting progress in the era of #MeToo - it seems fairly speculatory at this point.
However, it's worth remembering that Selena and all the stars in question faced major criticism for signing up to star in the film due to the accusations of sexual assault that had already been made towards Allen.
When asked last year about her decision to work with Allen, she said: “To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it."
“[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it,” she said. “And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”
Selena’s mother, Mandy Teefy, said she tried to get the singer to pull out of the film but her suggestion was met with “deaf ears”.
The 13 Reasons Why producer eventually donated a significant amount of money to the #TimesUp movement, along with her A Rainy Day In New York co-stars, Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall.
Rebecca and Timothée have since issued apologies for working with the director, and have said they will never do so again.