Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ to Close Out 2017 New York Film Festival
It was only five months ago that Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win three Oscars, two for Manchester By the Sea and one for The Salesman. And now they’re continuing their march on Hollywood with a boatload of this year’s most-anticipated awards season contenders, dominating three prized spots at the New York Film Festival.
Word came via The Hollywood Reporter this afternoon that Woody Allen‘s Wonder Wheel from Amazon will reportedly close out the 2017 New York Film Festival. The studio will also be heavily featured at the fest with Richard Linklater‘s road movie, Last Flag Flying, which will open the fest, followed by Todd Haynes’ period piece Wonderstruck, sitting in the fest’s Centerpiece slot.
The only thing we know about Allen’s latest is it stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, who is likely playing a lifeguard of some sort, and is set in Coney Island in the 1950s. The film takes its name from the ferris wheel in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, which only has me imagining Timberlake serenading Winslet from the amusement park ride Notebook-style. Awards pundits and insider chatter has already suggest Winslet will be an awards contender (I mean, when isn’t she?), and based on its festival premiere slot, this is one to keep an eye on. The film also stars Juno Temple and Jim Belushi.
Check back here for our coverage of the fest, which kicks off September 28 and runs till October 15. Wonder Wheel is set for a theatrical run on December 1.