A while back we told you about Woody Allen’s upcoming untitled project, which features a variety of talented actors including Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto and Anthony Hopkins. As we reported earlier Nicole Kidman was also set to co-star in the film, but unfortunately had to drop out. According to THR the Oscar winning blond has been officially replaced by a lesser known British actress by the name of Lucy Punch.

The name Lucy Punch may not sound familiar, but trust me you’ve seen her in stuff. The actress is best known for her appearances in Hot Fuzz and Ella Enchanted as Anne Hathaway’s evil sister. She also starred in the CBS series The Class, which came as fast as it went. Speaking of fast arrivals and exits, Nicole Kidman was signed on to star in the Allen film back in March and then quickly vacated the role weeks later.

This is a big coup for the actress who isn’t a familiar face in the U.S. Sources say she “wowed” the director with her audition, which makes me wonder about the range of this role. I’ve only seen her in comedies, but so much of the plot is being hidden for this film. Will this movie be like Annie Hall or will it be like Match Point? I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.

What do you think of Lucy Punch as Nicole Kidman’s replacement?