Renowned indie director Wes Anderson has only flirted with revealing any details about his forthcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, but soon after its announcement, the world wide web went into a frenzy of rumors and assumptions which resulted in the meritless “confirmation” that Anderson’s eighth feature full-length would star Johnny Depp.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Anderson puts (some of) the rumors to rest by assuring us that Depp will not be joining the “great cast” in his “Euro film,” The Grand Budapest Hotel. “It’s not Johnny Depp,” Anderson says. He went on to say, “Johnny is somebody who I would love to work with at some point, but he’s not going to be in this movie. But I actually have not put the cast out — I have not announced the cast.”
It was also recently said that Bill Murray, a staple in the Anderson filmography, would be involved in the film. “That’s true. That’s true. Bill is in it. Bill is in it,” Anderson confessed.
Previous Anderson collaborators that have been rumored to star in his next gem include Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, and Jeff Goldblum whereas two newcomers have confirmed their roles. Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote) has been quoted saying, “I’m playing a woman of mystery, it’s a minuscule role. I’m on the screen for probably less than 5 minutes.” While being interviewed at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, English actor Jude Law said he’s been a huge fan of Wes Anderson for quite some time, stating, “I pestered him with emails for years saying ‘I want to live in one of your films and I’d like to be in one of your films.'” Anderson apparently granted the actor’s wishes as Law went on to express his excitement to have a “fleeting” role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, but also stated that he’s “heard Johnny Depp is indeed playing a key role in it.”
Anderson has always been notorious for keeping his details under wraps and when working with the caliber of casts that he prevalently does, it adds to the excitement and mystery of what’s to come. This can ultimately result in wonderful surprises or unfortunate fabrication. Although he seemed sincere in his statement, is Anderson denying Depp’s involvement to leave the surprise intact?