Damn, it's good to be Wes Anderson. Wry, sardonic white people have always loved Anderson's films the same way they might enjoy a lovely, full-bodied wine--appreciating the complexity of each flavor but ultimately drawn to how pretty it looks in those quirky stemless wine glasses. However, thanks to this year's Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson has finally cemented his status as a mainstream filmmaker with a heart of indie gold (if he's a one-trick pony, his one trick hasn't lost any of its appeal). Really, there is nowhere else for him to go; but bless his heart, he's still going.
While he hasn't been very forthright with news involving his next film, Grand Budapest Hotel, he did divulge a few details to The Hollywood Reporter, including a mighty fine cast list.
Well, yes, it’s Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s a Euro movie. It’s a period picture. I can tell you the cast—maybe you already know the cast, but I can tell you properly who it is: We have Ralph Fiennes, and we have Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, we have F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law, and we’ve got Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Mathieu Amalric. And I think Owen is gonna have a little part, too. Oh, Saoirse Ronan has quite a big part. I’m thinking if I’ve forgotten anybody. Yeah, we have a good group.
Putting aside the fact that a "Euro movie" that is also a "period picture" could mean absolutely anything, thus says nothing, the casting is strong. It's nice to see some new names (Saoirse Ronan in particular) amidst the Anderson regulars (what up, Bill?). [Coming Soon]
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