Miley Cyrus Will Star In Woody Allen's New Amazon Series & This Return To Acting Is Surprising
It's been a very long time since Miley Cyrus was Hannah Montana, and since leaving the Disney Channel the "We Can't Stop" singer has seemingly taken a break from her acting roots, choosing instead to focus on a very un-Disneyfied (and well-received) music career. Cyrus' last real film role was in the comedy Totally Undercover way back in 2012, but just because four years have gone by doesn't mean she's over acting. In fact, Cyrus is jumping back into her original career path in a major way: by joining a new series on a digital network. As reported by Deadline on Monday, Cyrus will star in Woody Allen's new Amazon series, and it's a bold, surprising move, even from the woman who is constantly surprising everyone.
Deadline announced that Allen was working on an Amazon series back in January of 2015, and after a long development process, the principal cast members have finally been announced. Though the official concept for the series has not been released yet, Deadline reports that the show will consist of six half-hour episodes, and will take place in the 1960s. Cyrus isn't the only unexpected celebrity to join the cast: screenwriter Elaine May is also set to star in Allen's Amazon vision, despite being more famous for penning films like The Birdcage than acting in them.
While it is exciting that Cyrus is taking a turn in her career to focus on a very different project, her involvement with Allen is definitely controversial. In February of 2014, the director's adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, penned an open letter in the New York Times in which she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Allen. Though the claims were made public in 1992 during Allen and Mia Farrow's divorce, as reported by CNN, this was the first time Dylan herself spoke out on the subject. Dylan's brother Ronan Farrow also addressed the claims on Twitter, criticizing Hollywood for standing behind Allen even after the allegations were brought to light. Though the director has consistently denied the allegations, including in a New York Times column in February 2014 of his own, and has never been prosecuted on any charges, the accusations have given some fans of the Annie Hall director pause when considering whether or not to continue supporting his work.
Cyrus' new foray into acting should excite fans of the triple threat, but for those who have chosen to no longer support the art of Allen, watching Cyrus take part in his vision will be a hard pill to swallow.