Woody Allen’s Café Society won’t hit theaters for another week, but the director is already lining up talent for his next picture.
Deadline was first to report on Wednesday that James Belushi will join the cast of his currently untitled film. Kate Winslet is already attached. Not much is known about the story of the film – which Allen is writing – other than the fact that it will take place in New York in the late 1950’s.
Belushi’s casting is a bit of a surprise given the fact that he’s known for the type of mainstream, everyman humor (such as the sitcom, According to Jim) that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind when thinking of Allen’s work.
The actor followed in his late brother, John Belushi’s footsteps in the 1980s when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. His film career peaked in the late 80s and early 90s with starring roles in the films Red Heat, K-9, Taking Care of Business, Mr. Destiny and Curly Sue.
Much like his upcoming untitled work, Café Society is a period film. Set in the 1930s and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Steve Carell, the comedy-drama releases on July 15.
Belushi next stars the feature film, Undrafted, which also arrives on July 15.
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You’ve loved his memorable turns on SNL, marveled as he’s seamlessly weaved between acting and music with equal deftness, and now he’ll be in a Woody Allen movie, across from that no-talent hack Justin Timberlake. Yes, according to Deadline, the recently-cast Jim Belushi will be joined by Timberlake as well as Juno Temple in Allen’s next film–a ’50s New York drama already set to star Kate Winslet. Timberlake last appeared in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and has never even had a long-running sitcom about being a lazy but loving father and Chicago sports lover.