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Jude Law defends Woody Allen film after Amazon shelves 'A Rainy Day in New York'


Jude Law has defended Woody Allen’s film A Rainy Day in New York after Amazon Studios decided to scrap the project.

The film, which was expected to be released later this year, comes as the second instalment of a pre-agreed five-picture deal Amazon secured back in 2016. However, the first film of this series, Wonder Wheel, struggled to find cinemas to screen it and majorly flopped at box office. “No release date has ever been set for the film,” the studio have previously stated.

A Rainy Day in New York was shot in September and October 2017 and is thought to have cost the studio in excess of £20million. Not short of acclaimed names within the cast, the romantic comedy boasted the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Jude Law so it comes as a great surprise as Amazon scrap the release.

However, the decision came after a string of actors—including Chalamet who said he regretted working on the film—denounced Allen amid claims of sexual assault made by the director’s daughter Dylan Farrow. 

When a conversation with the New York Times turned to the scraped film, Law described the decision as “a terrible shame” before adding: “I’d love to see it. People worked really hard and put a lot in, obviously himself included [referring to the director].”

When asked if he would join Chalamet in the criticism of Allen, Law added: “I didn’t really want to get involved, to be honest. I just don’t feel like it was my place to comment, and it’s too delicate a situation. I feel like enough has been said about it. It’s a private affair.”