Woody Allen‘s forthcoming new film has attracted criticism online for its apparent portrayal of an ‘inappropriate’ relationship.
The actor, writer and director is currently shooting his latest project, A Rainy Day In New York, on location in the titular city. The film stars Jude Law, Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez.
However, a major plot detail of A Rainy Day In New York has been slammed online for its reported depiction of a relationship between Law and Fanning’s characters.
Law, according to Page Six, plays a 44-year-old married man who “makes a fool of himself over every ambitious starlet and model”, with the character reportedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old “concubine” – played by Fanning.
Page Six‘s report continues by detailing one particular scene involving the two characters: “In the scene, the so-called concubine acknowledges her relationship with Law’s much-older character, but then protests that she is 21 years old.
“After a discussion about his infidelity, Fanning’s character then asks Law, ‘Were all these women for pleasure, or were you researching a project?’”
Twitter users have criticised this reported scene and the relationship between the characters – see a selection of tweets below.
ah so in woody allen’s upcoming film a 44 yr old man (jude law) pursues a relationship with a 15 year old character (elle fanning) ???????
— Gerri ? (@cherhorowiz) October 23, 2017
"The new film wouldn’t be the first time an Allen feature has centered around the relationship between an older man and a much younger woman." Is there a Woody Allen film that DOESN'T? Also, "concubine" WTAF. ? https://t.co/hzvNpTKOjl
— Casey Lewis (@cynical_tutu) October 24, 2017
It reads like a list of people who should know better. Why did these people read this script and decide, "Yes, this is a good plan." pic.twitter.com/5nDtMnE7Cp
— Rachel Kolb (@rachelekolb) October 24, 2017
Can you imagine knowing the things ppl say abt you, let alone that they're true, & STILL writing this into ur movie? https://t.co/4kvcGTdiaG
— rach gonzalez (@r_gonz_) October 24, 2017
Earlier this month, Allen was forced to clarify comments he recently made about Harvey Weinstein following a backlash.