When asked to identify the embracing couple in this shot — from Woody Allen’s upcoming film Midnight in Paris, which has just been announced as the opening night film of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (running May 11-22) — a quick, unscientific survey of the EW staff reveals that pretty much everyone can identify the man on the left as…
Owen Wilson. (Me, I was convinced he was a 1970s-era Robert Redford for at least a good ten seconds.) As for the woman on the right? I heard Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Banks, Malin Akerman, Kate Bosworth, “somebody,” and America Ferrera (EW’s Kristen Baldwin insisted quite lucidly that the woman could be the Ugly Betty star, “if she had blonde hair.”)
Fortunately, at least ten EW staffers correctly identified Wilson’s co-star as Rachel McAdams. The film also features Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. As with most Allen films, not much is known about the plot, except that it’s about an American family – that includes a young engaged couple (presumably Wilson and McAdams) – traveling to Paris. Cannes Festival director Thierry Frémaux calls the film “a wonderful love letter to Paris,” although it does appear to venture at least as far as Giverny, the home of Claude Monet’s famous water lilies.
But pretend for a moment you don’t know any of that. Who did you think that dashing couple were when you first saw the photo?