Miley Cyrus is set to star in an upcoming Woody Allen-directed comedy series on Amazon, and apparently she got the role all thanks to Allen spotting her way back on Hannah Montana!
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen dished on the upcoming series, revealing that although it has yet to be titled, the six half-hour episodes were completed. The series, which is intended to be a one-off, reaching a conclusion in its sixth episode, is set during the late '60s and primarily stars Allen, Elaine May and Miley Cyrus.
"I noticed years ago that my kids would be watching Hannah Montana. And I would say: 'Who is that girl? She's got such a good delivery. You know, she snaps those lines off so well. The show is a silly little show, but she's very good at what she does.' And then she emerged as a singer, and someone showed me a little clip of hers from 'Saturday Night Live,' and I said, 'It confirms what I always thought about her: She is very good, she is really a talented girl.' She wanted to take some time off, but she [agreed to do the series] because the role interested her. So I met her right here."
Allen also told THR how he found working in TV a challenge, especially considering how far the quality of TV has come. "You're working in a medium that has grown up and has got wonderful things being done in it," he told THR, adding "and, yes, you may prove to be an embarrassment, but you don't want to be a total embarrassment."
The release date for the Untitled Woody Allen Project is yet to be confirmed, though it will be during 2016.