After directing the utterly delightful Moonrise Kingdom to arthouse box office success, director Wes Anderson isn’t resting on his laurels as he is looking to assemble another terrific ensemble cast for his next feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Just last week, rumor had it that frequent Anderson collaborators Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody and Edward Norton were circling roles in the movie along with Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, , Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury and Johnny Depp. Well, Deadline has just learned that the latter is now set to star in the film.
Needless to say, this is fantastic news for all involved. First off, it means that a new Wes Anderson movie can’t be too far away from hitting theaters. And this could also do wonder for Depp’s flagging career which has seen the actor appear in recent bombs such as The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows and the much reviled The Tourist.
About a week ago, we heard that writer/director Wes Anderson was eyeing a top-notch ensemble cast for his next untitled feature, with stars like Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury apparently being eyed for roles.
While I absolutely despised The Royal Tenenbaums, I was smitten by the whimsical nature of Moonrise Kingdom and I can’t wait to see what Anderson has in store next. Depp is currently shooting the The Lone Ranger for Disney.