Neurotic film-maker Woody Allen is unusually confident about his forthcoming film MATCH POINT - because it features the "strong" acting talents of Scarlett Johansson.

Allen cast the 20-year-old Johansson last summer (04) after his original female lead Kate Winslet dropped out to spend more time with her two young children, Mia and Joe.

Match Point is set to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month (MAY05).

Allen enthuses, "I'm very bullish about it and I'm usually not. I usually want to crawl into the ground after I make a film, almost invariably, but I'm very bullish about it because Scarlett Johansson is such a strong actress."

22/04/2005 02:30