As excitement builds around Woody Allen’s first original TV series Crisis in Six Scenes, perhaps the biggest surprise that awaits is the collaboration between the veteran filmmaker and teen-star-turned-pop-rebel Miley Cyrus.
The 23-year-old stars in the Amazon series as an orange-pilfering hippie who arrives in the home of Allen’s Sidney Muntzinger looking to burst his conservative suburban bubble by sparking ideas of revolution among his family.
Apparently, Allen wrote the role with the Wrecking Ball-singer in mind after become enamoured with Cyrus’ talents when watching her former Disney show Hannah Montana.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “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, bust she’s very good at what she does.”
Cyrus, for her part, admitted she didn’t have to delve too deep into research for the role as her character shares many of her traits and is living through a very similar time in American politics.
She told Today: “It’s very parallel to what life is right now. I’m a female revolutionary character in the Sixties, but I feel like people, when they work with Woody, I think they wanna hear you had to dig deep into this character and I didn’t because it was kind of written for me. I mean, he said that he kinda had me in mind when he was writing this, because it’s the same kind of politics that we’re dealing with now.
“It was very strange to be watching current news and also reflecting so much on the past at the same time, because there’s so many rallies and things going on in America at the time I was filming, so it was really incredible.”
Crisis in Six Scenes also stars Elaine May and lands on Amazon Prime on 30 September.