The cast of Woody Allen‘s upcoming San Francisco-based film (which the press release pointedly did not call a comedy) will topline Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard. Pic will actually will be shot in New York and San Fran this summer.

The release states that “this marks Allen’s second time directing in San Francisco — his directorial debut, 1969’s Take The Money and Run, was also set there.” Yeah, and — hello? — Play It Again, Sam (’72), which Allen wrote (based on his play) but Herbert Ross directed, was totally set in San Francisco.

I know nothing but a little voice is telling me Allen’s new pic will be in a somewhat darker vein. Not necessarily dark-dark (not with Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay aboard) but darker than the allegedly pastry-light From Rome With Love and less fanciful than Midnight in Paris. Allen movies go in cycles, and it might be time, maybe, to get out the charcoal and frown things up a bit. No biggie. I could obviously be wrong.