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Carla Bruni to star in Woody Allen's next

world Updated: Sep 04, 2009 13:14 IST

Carla Bruni, the French first lady, is the latest in the bevy of international beauties, including Mumbai native Freida Pinto and Hollywood star Scarlett Johannson, to become the muse of director Woody Allen.

The American film-maker recently met the former supermodel in Paris and offered her a leading role in his next movie, to which Bruni said yes, reported Daily Mail quoting French daily Le Parisien.

The 41-year-old wife of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, has long been on the wish list of Allen who had expressed his desire to work with her in an interview earlier.

"I would like to work with Carla Bruni. She is an accomplished artist, she is very beautiful and I am sure she would have a gift for comedy," the 73-year-old director had told the Spanish paper El Mundo.

Bruni has little experience as far as acting goes, but she was a popular singer before her whirlwind romance and marriage to Sarkozy, after which she put her musical career on hold to look after her official duties.

Her last public performance was in July, when she sang on stage with Dave Stewart at a New York gig to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday.

The filming of the planned movie is set to begin later this year in Paris.