Miley Cyrus to star in Woody Allen's series for Amazon

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus confirmed on her Instagram account that she will be cast in Woody Allen's TV series.
Singer-actress Miley Cyrus confirmed on her Instagram account that she will be cast in Woody Allen's TV series.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Pop provocateur Miley Cyrus will be the latest muse of comedian Woody Allen as he directs his first television series for Amazon.

On Monday, the 23-year-old confirmed on her Instagram account she had been cast in the as-yet-untitled show, saying in an expletive-laced message she was "stoked to be in Woody Allen's first series".

She posted a photo of a painting of Allen, saying she had kept his picture "next to my bed for a few years". "I was looking into his eyes when I got the call to be a part of the cast," she wrote.

She will star alongside Allen, 80, and Elaine May, 83, in the six half-hour-episode series that will take place in the 1960s, Hollywood news site Deadline reported. It begins shooting in March and is due to be released later this year.

Allen's projects over the years have attracted top talent, despite paying much lower salaries than what many of his stars can command in Hollywood.

Amazon has been seeking to catch up with Internet TV network Netflix. It has already won awards with Transparent, about a family dealing with a transgender father, and Mozart In The Jungle, about the wild off-stage lives of New York classical musicians.

Cyrus, the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus, rose to fame on the Disney TV show Hannah Montana, but has since taken a marked turn towards racier fare.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'Miley Cyrus to star in Woody Allen's series for Amazon'. Print Edition | Subscribe