Owen Wilson will be the star of Woody Allen‘s next film. France’s First Lady (and former model), Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has mentioned that Allen persuaded her to take a role in the film, but because the writer/director wants to keep his upcoming project under the radar (it’s not even on IMDB yet), her role in the film is not confirmed. Shooting will begin this summer, and will most likely be released sometime next year.

As for Wilson, 2010 will be a busy year for him. The actor recently voiced the title role in the Fox comedy Marmaduke, set to hit theaters in June, and in December he has two releases, James L. Brooks’ untitled project for Sony and the Meet the Fockers sequel coming from Universal.

This year Allen’s film release will be You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, and Lucy Punch. The Brooklyn-native happens to be one of those iconic directors who has to make at least one film a year. Last year it was Whatever Works, which didn’t really work. The film was based on a screenplay written by Allen in the 70s, needless to say it lacked originality. However, with so many successful films and screenplays under his belt it is unlikely that another one will bite the dust.

Owen Wilson doesn’t seem like your typical Woody Allen star, but then again he doesn’t seem like a Wes Anderson type either and he’s had a pretty successful run with him. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful on-screen friendship?

What do you think?