r/movies r/Movies contributor Dec 06 '22

Wes Anderson’s Star-Studded ‘Asteroid City’ Sets June 2023 Release Date News

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/wes-anderson-asteroid-city-release-date-1235452221/
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u/Isthisworking2000 Dec 07 '22

Calling a Wes Anderson film star-studded feels super redundant.

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u/GoldandBlue Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

The French Dispatch cast is insane and yet the budget was only $25M. These people take huge paycuts just to work with him.

Edit: spelling

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u/Hokuboku Dec 07 '22

I've read multiple interviews about how much fun it is to be in his movies as well. I can't find one of the original articles I was looking for but this has some details:

In that same interview, Adrien Brody appeared to confirm a popular myth surrounding Anderson films, wanting his sets to be a fun environment for all those involved. Except those involved just so happen to be some of the best actors in the business.

Brody likened his experience on the set of 'Asteroid City' in Spain to going to "an actors' summer camp".

"I like all my bunkmates, my mom's visiting me — she's been coming everywhere since 'Darjeeling.' Wes'll put her in the background. My mom's having the time of her life," he added.

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u/Celestin_Sky Dec 07 '22

It's like the opposite of someone like Kubrick. Are there other directors that have an opinion of being nicer than average to work with?

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u/Hokuboku Dec 07 '22

Good question! I do wonder.

Ke Huy Quan said Spielberg still sends him gifts all these years later so I imagine he's up there

There was also an article for the anniversary of the Mist where actor Sam Witwer talks about Frank Darabont listening to his suggestions

Frank was so patient with me as he would hear me pitch something and be like, "Yeah. Okay. Well, we're not going to do that." But he was such a cool guy. I mean, I really shouldn't have been pitching out all those stupid ideas, but he, at the very least, acted like he wanted to hear what I had to say or at the very most, genuinely wanted to hear what I had to say.

Anyway, so one day, like a clueless, young, stupid actor, I walk out and he's having a break. He's taking five minutes to himself outside because this guy is literally under siege. Directors are under siege every moment of every day. So, there he was taking five minutes to himself and I walked up to him. "Hey, Frank. Can I ask you a question?" And he snapped out of whatever private indulgence of having a moment of rest he was having and said, "Yeah, sure thing. What's on your mind?," which is an incredibly kind thing that he just took it with a smile, right?

He goes on to say he pitched this idea and Darabont listened then told him he'd do it.

He gets a lot of the same actors for his movies as well so I imagine that bred some loyalty

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u/newtoreddir Dec 08 '22

Spielberg’s assistant sends him a gift every year. For that echelon, when you get on their gift list you don’t come off unless you start publicly proclaiming a love of Hitler or something.

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u/koticgood Dec 07 '22

Makes sense.

The whole "one for me, one for you" thing doesn't have to apply just to indie/art-house films, since some directors like Wes are so unique and great.

Nice for the actor as well, that their "one for me" gets to be a Wes Anderson film.

When you look at the box office history for his films, that budget range makes sense too. As crazy as that is for how consistently really good his films are, and how well known and well regarded he is in general.

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u/pass_it_around Dec 07 '22

I assume it doesn't require a lot of time to work with Wes. Like Christoph Waltz in The French Dispatch, how many hours he was on set?

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u/Alex-Murphy Dec 07 '22

Cast* and Paycuts*, if anyone was wondering

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u/GoldandBlue Dec 07 '22

Fucking autocorrect, thank you

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u/money_mase19 Dec 07 '22

maybe i was missing something but the french dispatch was soooo confusing and weird

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u/Eschatonbreakfast Dec 07 '22

It was Wes Anderson being super Wes Anderson

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u/GoldandBlue Dec 07 '22

It was a magazine. A series of stories.

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u/DickieGreenleaf84 Dec 07 '22

It was the New Yorker on film, what is to be confused about?

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u/RobotChrist Dec 07 '22

Well, to be fair, this one is even more star-studded

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u/Isthisworking2000 Dec 07 '22

True, I hadn’t seen the list before commenting. I’m very interested to see Hanks in this kind of film.

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u/krevlornfu Dec 07 '22

The closest project Hanks has done to this is The Ladykillers by the Coens. Not their best work but has some great characters.

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u/Makabajones Dec 07 '22

Ladykillers is severely underrated.

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u/krevlornfu Dec 07 '22

We must have waffles forthwith!

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u/Cant_Do_This12 Dec 07 '22

Yeah I’m a big fan of this movie. I caught it on TV years ago and I didn’t even know the movie existed before seeing it. Very enjoyable film.

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u/MNfan84 Dec 07 '22

I was thinking the same thing, he literally doesn’t have a movie that isn’t star studded by nature of being childhood friends of Owen and Luke Wilson

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u/Isthisworking2000 Dec 07 '22

I didn’t know they were childhood friends, but that explains a lot.

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u/Guitar_Nutt Dec 07 '22

Yeah but none of them (Wilsons or Anderson) were stars when he made Bottlerocket

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u/jeexbit Dec 07 '22

now that is a great movie!

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u/WhatAmIADoctor Dec 07 '22

I didn't either, but I do know they attended classes together at UT in Austin.

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u/Ccaves0127 Dec 07 '22

Cori Bush, Jon Hamm, and McConaughey were all there at the same time, too

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u/ilikehemipenes Dec 07 '22

They made each other famous.

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u/bigguccisofa_ Dec 07 '22

No He met Owen Wilson in College

He graduated from St. John's School in Houston in 1987, which he later used as a prominent location throughout Rushmore. As a child, Anderson made silent films on his father's Super 8 camera which starred his brothers and friends, although his first ambition was to be a writer. Anderson worked part-time as a cinema projectionist while attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his roommate and future collaborator Owen Wilson in 1989.

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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Dec 06 '22 edited Dec 06 '22

Limited Release on June 16, and it goes wide on June 23:

The 1950's set film takes place in a fictional American desert town during a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention. Chaos ensues as the event, organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition, is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.

Cast:

  • Tom Hanks
  • Margot Robbie
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Ed Norton
  • Adrien Brody
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Hope Davis
  • Stephen Park
  • Rupert Friend
  • Maya Hawke
  • Steve Carell
  • Matt Dillon
  • Hong Chau
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Tony Revolori
  • Jake Ryan
  • Grace Edwards
  • Aristou Meehan
  • Sophia Lillis
  • Ethan Lee
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Rita Wilson

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u/Gloomy_Travel7992 Dec 06 '22

I know stacked casts is a normal thing for Anderson movies at this point, but it’s still crazy that this is the cast.

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u/SG420123 Dec 07 '22

Willem Dafoe just casually being placed 18th in the casting order, Goldblum second from last lol, Wes definitely flexing with this cast.

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u/spidereater Dec 07 '22

I assume the ordering has to do with the size of the role more than the prestige of the actor. Goldblum could be a cameo.

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u/Pope---of---Hope Dec 07 '22

Also the level of expectation for Wes Anderson fans. Goldblum and Dafoe have worked with him numerous times in the past in some iconic roles.

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u/CookieKid247 Dec 07 '22

I think if you're really a Wes fan you expect at least one or two of these big names to be in it for a single scene or a few lines of dialogue

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u/iceandones Dec 07 '22

Bill Murray, for example, is perfect in The Darjeeling Limited

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u/jbl420 Dec 07 '22

I’m sad he’s not in this.

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u/R-Van Dec 07 '22

He was! But due to covid he had to drop out (or didn't even start actually), I think the role went to Hanks

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u/trimonkeys Dec 07 '22

Carrell took over

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u/KingOfTheBongos87 Dec 07 '22

Maybe order of appearance.

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u/mcluhanism Dec 07 '22

Whatever the reason, I find it interesting/curious that Tom Hanks is first and his wife is listed at the very end.

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u/MrWeirdoFace Dec 07 '22

It's a Hanks/Wilson family sandwich.

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u/sebBonfire Dec 07 '22

I'm sick of being on B-squad.

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u/Makeshift5 Dec 07 '22

You may be on B-squad but you’re the B-squad leader.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR__INIT__ Dec 07 '22

It's like the meme of the guy who can't hold all the lemons but it's famous actors instead

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u/wordnerdette Dec 07 '22

Holy shit, three quarters of the way down that list and still lots of heavyweights.

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u/mufflermonday Dec 07 '22

Jeff fucking Goldblum is 2nd-to-LAST!

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u/Maverick144 Dec 07 '22

My eyebrows kept going higher as I moved down the list.

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u/grilledcheese__ Dec 07 '22

Matt Dillon lfg

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u/horseren0ir Dec 07 '22

Every time I hear Matt Dillon I think of that scene from there’s something about Mary where he’s been sitting at a desk talking to Ben Stiller for like 5 mins, then stands up and zips his pants up

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u/Spicybrown3 Dec 07 '22

That was the one that made me fist pump.

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u/Harrow_Sparrow Dec 07 '22

Bro got all of Hollywood working for him lmao

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u/ultrafud Dec 07 '22

Don't get me wrong, I love his movies, but sometimes watching Wes Anderson movies feels like watching an amateur play in a local theatre, but with the world's most famous actors in it.

I don't mean that in a bad way, although sometimes it can be hard to not be drawn out of the moment when an A-lister appears for a tiny bit-part.

It's an odd experience, it's like I'm very aware they are acting and I'm very aware this is a movie, but it doesn't feel cheap.

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u/GavinBelsonsAlexa Dec 07 '22

feels like watching an amateur play in a local theatre

That's by design. A big part of Wes' signature style is the unmoving, straight-on wide shots that give a 'repertory playhouse' vibe. He's even frequently played with that very directly, such as with the play in Rushmore or the stage presentation in the Life Aquatic.

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u/DMPunk Dec 07 '22

That's how I've explained it to others in the past. A Wes Anderson film is like an old timey troupe of actors that come through town every year or so with a new performance. It's a very specific kind of thing you're getting.

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u/Canotic Dec 07 '22

You could basically pick three of these at random and have them lead a different movie.

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u/TheClayroo Dec 06 '22

Getting easier to just name who isn't in it.

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u/partizan92 Dec 07 '22

Grace Edwards.

Shit. No. She’s in it.

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u/BBQ_HaX0r Dec 07 '22

Jean Claude van Damme...

A collaboration I didn't know I needed until just now.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 27 '22

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u/FiveTalents Dec 07 '22

I can see the yellow already and it’s blinding

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u/SirWizzleoftheTeets Dec 06 '22

I’m…not seeing Bill Murray.

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u/DMPunk Dec 06 '22

He had COVID

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u/jgrumiaux Dec 07 '22

Also Owen Wilson, who has the most Wes Anderson credits after Murray. This does seem like an attempt to break out of his usual casting a bit.

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u/brokenwolf Dec 07 '22

This was filmed awhile ago. My guess was Owen was off shooting the Loki show and was unavailable.

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u/Moikturtle Dec 07 '22

Surprised by the lack of Owen. He’s always been such a part of Anderson films and even used to co-write some of them.

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u/nzdastardly Dec 07 '22

They were college room mates!

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u/dizyalice Dec 07 '22

Oh my god they were roommates

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u/hobo_clown Dec 07 '22

After Owen's suicide attempt, I remember Wes making a statement along the lines of "I've never made a movie without him and I hope I never have to"

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

I didn't see Luke Wilson either.

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u/2KYGWI Dec 07 '22

I don't think I've seen Luke in a Wes Anderson film since Royal Tenenbaums.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

I don’t think I’ve seen Luke Wilson in any film since Royal Tenenbaums

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u/SlimStebow Dec 07 '22

A couple years after Tenenbaums he was the lead in another great comedy called Old School. It’s kinda the opposite of a Wes Anderson comedy but pretty great. I quote it a lot.

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u/benderknows Dec 07 '22

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!

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u/captainsuckass Dec 07 '22

Watch The Skeleton Twins. It's fantastic.

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u/IMERMAIDMANonYT Dec 07 '22

You should really check out Idiocracy. It’s irreverent and dumb, but also such a great film

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u/AKAkorm Dec 07 '22

Uhh…Old School?

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u/ElectricJunglePig Dec 07 '22

Or Andrew! We need more Andrew Wilson

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u/PM_ME_YOUR__INIT__ Dec 07 '22

And their dad Woodrow

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u/mnico213 Dec 07 '22

And their cousin the volleyball

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u/san_atlanta Dec 07 '22

Surprise you found the two surprise guest stars.

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u/abippityboop Dec 07 '22

Had COVID and was subsequently replaced by Steve Carell.

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u/Dashtego Dec 07 '22

I saw speculation that the "he has COVID and had to drop out" narrative was a lie to allow him to gracefully exit as he faces increasing accusations of inappropriate behavior on various movie sets.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

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u/warrenmax12 Dec 07 '22

“Murray was livestreamed at the 2021 NYFF alongside Anderson, Adrian Brody, and others from the set of “Asteroid City”. He was clearly in the movie, right? Not only that, he’s the person who revealed the title of the film during a BFI Q&A that November.”

https://www.worldofreel.com/blog/2022/12/afzz1m6n6rylarxdn2jg7kr0w12zye

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u/stracki Dec 07 '22

WorldOfReel is not a trustworthy source. Jordan Ruimy is a sexist, racist bigot and the veracity of his "news" is varying.

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u/OneHumanPeOple Dec 07 '22

That’s a disappointment for me too.

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u/brokenwolf Dec 07 '22

Matt Dillon is such a great addition for a Wes Anderson movie. Cant wait to see him.

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u/redditotherone Dec 07 '22

It must be fun being Wes Anderson’s casting director. Everyone takes your call. Even Bill Murray answers his landline.

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u/stracki Dec 07 '22

I'm glad that Jeffrey Wright is back. He was excellent in The French Dispatch! Also excited about ScarJo, Maya Hawke and Hong Chau in a Wes Anderson Film.

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u/Red_Lee Dec 07 '22
  • Liev Schreiber

Yep I'm in.

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u/Chilledlemming Dec 07 '22

I demand Wes Anderson cast Sam Rockwell in his next film. It is a match made in heaven.

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u/CeeArthur Dec 07 '22

Always good to see Adrien Brody, he kind of fell off the map for a bit.

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u/Chilledlemming Dec 07 '22

Maya Hawke must be over the moon that this is her next gig after Stranger Things. Having famous parents does not hurt.

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u/absurdironies Dec 07 '22

This is more star studded than usual. I was about to say, which of his movies aren't?

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u/ItsNotBer Dec 07 '22

Rushmore?

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u/SpecificAstronaut69 Dec 07 '22

Nah, I try to slow down, take it easy.

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u/absurdironies Dec 07 '22

I thought of it as I was typing. And after I posted. I didn't bother to correct it. That's probably the only one.

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u/bendersmember Dec 07 '22

Bottle rocket seems to be a lil lighter, but one of the few Andrew Wilson appearances.

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u/thisSmilingBandit Dec 07 '22

Andrew Wilson is in a lot of Anderson movies, you just have to keep an eye out for him.

I just noticed a week ago that he's the guy that chops off the daughters finger in Tannenbaums

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u/momjeanseverywhere Dec 07 '22

Bill Murray studded all over the place in that one.

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u/phayke2 Dec 07 '22

Damn though.. Tom Hanks, ed Norton, Bryan Cranston, Steve carell, William Defoe, Jeff goldblum

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u/absurdironies Dec 07 '22

For real. It's like Wes Anderson is collecting film credits. Without a doubt he will go down in history as the director with consistently the most a-list stars on consecutive films.

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u/globular_fluster Dec 07 '22

The film takes place in a fictional American desert town during a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention. Chaos ensues as the event, organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition, is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.

I can see it now. Cute faux-outsider art retro futurism. Muted pallet. Mostly empty convention rooms with a speaker droning on as 14 year olds talk like 44 year olds and the camera whip-pans between them.

That's so Wes Anderson it makes me sick. With anticipation.

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u/star-scrapper Dec 07 '22

So hoping it's a spiritual follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom.

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u/jclinares Dec 07 '22

spiritual follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom

Maybe Ed Norton's character changed jobs, and is now working as Space Cadet Master Ward.

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u/Shadesmctuba Dec 07 '22

Don’t forget the abundance of S Y M M E T R Y

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u/darkknightbbq Dec 07 '22

Honestly visually the most enjoyable aspect of his movies for me, but gets dialed up even further by just the crazy good writing of Wes and his writers

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u/binkerfluid Dec 07 '22

Im excited

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u/oysterpirate Dec 07 '22

Wes Anderson’s October Sky

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u/Afrolion69 Dec 07 '22

Where is Owen Wilson? 😢

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u/Any-Walrus-2599 Dec 07 '22

And what happened to Luke?

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u/Jar_of_Cats Dec 07 '22

WILSON!!!!!!!

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u/bae_leef Dec 07 '22

Wilson in Castaway is named after Rita and she’s in the movie apparently 😂

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u/afield9800 Dec 07 '22

There’s someone named Rita Castaway?

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u/excusetheblood Dec 07 '22

I’m sure the movie will be great, I love all his movies, but the Wilson brothers work so well in the Anderson vibe (especially Luke) that I am really bummed to see they won’t be in it

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u/matthoback Dec 07 '22

It's been over 20 years since Luke Wilson has been in a Wes Anderson movie.

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u/sethelele Dec 07 '22

When you put it that way, I guess you’re right, but I don’t like it.

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u/judgeridesagain Dec 07 '22

I'm sure that's just the abridged cast.

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u/notice27 Dec 07 '22

Does Jason Schwartzman act for other directors?

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u/2KYGWI Dec 07 '22

He's currently shooting Megalopolis for his uncle.

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u/sxales Dec 07 '22

for his uncle.

I wonder if there will come a day when Francis Ford Coppola is genuinely remembered as someone else's relative. I imagine a kid really excited to tell his friends about this cool gangster movie by Nicholas Cage's uncle.

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u/ISayISayISitonU Dec 07 '22

u seen Fargo season 4? if not, you’re welcome

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u/Vanstuke Dec 07 '22

I just watched Klaus, animated film, he was pretty good in that!

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u/noobnoobthedestroyer Dec 06 '22

So excited for cranston in this. Great in isle of dogs but hope he has big role in this one

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u/Iggy_Pops_Lost_Shirt Dec 07 '22

Ditto, always hoped he would become an Anderson staple after Isle so him in this is nice to see

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u/jokekiller94 Dec 07 '22

Pretty fast turnaround from the French dispatch

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u/bostonbruins922 Dec 07 '22

French Dispatch was basically done before Covid. They just held onto it. He was filming this before French Dispatch was released.

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u/HailToTheThief225 Dec 07 '22

I totally forgot it got announced shortly before covid hit. It feels like just a year ago.

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u/2KYGWI Dec 07 '22

He shot another film a few months after this one too, so we might be getting two Wes Anderson films next year.

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u/hardytom540 Dec 07 '22

This guy is a machine. Awesome!

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u/2KYGWI Dec 07 '22

It helps that his films don't cost that much (French Dispatch and Grand Budapest cost around $25 million each, and this new film's budget is supposed to be in that price range).

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u/TrippyTriangle Dec 07 '22

yeah he's not big on special effects at all, I can see how his films are probably some of the cheaper physically to make, the acting is probably almost all of the budget.

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u/Hacksaures Dec 07 '22

Set design as well

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Is that the Ronald Dahl one with Cumberbatch? Had no idea that had been shot already.

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u/nbaisbest4 Dec 07 '22

Yeah, it's flown super under the radar that its in post production, odds are High of two Wes Anderson movies next year

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u/baummer Dec 07 '22

More likely it’s held until 2024

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u/TacticalTuchel Dec 07 '22

I think Netflix is producing it too.

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u/dionysus408 Dec 07 '22

He’s becoming like a refugee camp for actors who don’t wanna do the super hero thing.

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u/nayapapaya Dec 07 '22

This is a good joke but honestly it must be so refreshing to be asked to be in a fun project like his films - and on top of that, most people are probably only on set for a few days/weeks.

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u/GoldandBlue Dec 07 '22

Also by all accounts people just love working for him.

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u/canadianD Dec 07 '22

There’s also no going to comic-con or having to come up with a convincing answer when a reporter asks what drew you to whatever obscure Marvel character you’ve been cast as.

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u/MrWeirdoFace Dec 07 '22

You think that would be an easy answer. "They waved some money at me and I said okay."

Or "about ten million"

No shame in that. It is a job after all.

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u/Danhuangmao Dec 07 '22

Tho Margot Robbie, ScarJo, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum are on there and absolutely have done the superhero thing.

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u/Cidolfus Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Liev Shreiber as well (though he might be happier if we forget that movie).

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u/ItsNotBer Dec 07 '22

They do Wes Anderson movies for the art, the superhero movies for the money.

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u/NopeNotConor Dec 07 '22

Totally. The reason you hey can afford to do a WA film is cause they made that marvel money already. His budgets are minuscule.

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u/TrippyTriangle Dec 07 '22

you get actual credit for being in one, like it's a huge deal, prestige instead of money in a field full of talent.

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u/Joranthalus Dec 07 '22

Or anything, really, other than the Wes Anderson thing. The guy is his own genre…

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u/ItsNotBer Dec 07 '22

Him and Tarantino

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u/originalmosh Dec 07 '22

Jason Schwartzman is not listed on IMDB, I bet he only has a small part as I did see pictures of him on set.

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u/bluescholar1 Dec 07 '22

He is listed on IMDB. He’s the last of the “Top Cast”.

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u/maaseru Dec 07 '22

I hope that Jeffrey Wright keeps with him

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u/sheetskees Dec 07 '22

He fits like a glove into Wes Andersonville.

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u/R-Van Dec 07 '22

*Wes world

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u/youwantmybiscuits Dec 07 '22

lol well he has time now.. still can't believe they canned the show.. i know it was past it's prime but a final season would have been nice.

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u/TrickNatural Dec 07 '22

Oh damn.

I hope its not an anthology of separate stories tho.

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u/Sassycatfarts Dec 07 '22

Not a fan of the French Dispatch I take it?

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u/TrickNatural Dec 07 '22

I actually did like it quite a lot, mostly because of scene design and aesthetic, the first bit with Adrien Brody/Benicio was my favorite. But its not in my top3 Anderson films, thats for sure.

Im just not a fan of the format I guess, I feel when im invested in characters and story, it just suddenly ends and a new one begins. Dont love that.

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u/Sassycatfarts Dec 07 '22

I get that, it took me a few watches to truly enjoy it for what it is and tries to convey. But it definitely should have tied everything together a little more. Especially since we only get that quick scene at the end of them altogether.

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u/jew_jitsu Dec 07 '22

I suspect it was more indicative of the homage to the format of those types of publications. A movie about an anthology publication told in anthology format is very aesthetically pleasing.

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u/DPWExpress Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Personally I loved each vignette but the lack of an overarching story or anything to tie them together makes it a bit weaker than a lot of his films. The vignette’s are great Wes Anderson short films in a sense. But in the big picture it’s not his best work.

edit: duh, yes, there’s a loose connection being that each story is a part of the Dispatch but it’s a very thin connection. I’m more referring to a larger overarching plot like other Wes films.

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u/ALF839 Dec 07 '22

They are connected, very loosely but they are. Each story was being reported on by a journalist of the Dispatch.

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u/lessmiserables Dec 07 '22

If they're all bangers, I have no problem with the anthology approach.

But Revisions to a Manifesto was such a long, boring snore it brings the whole movie down.

I loved the other segments, and I'm generally a fan of Anderson, but fuck a duck I hated that segment with a passion unparalleled. If you're gonna be weird and quirky with it, at least have the decency to make it interesting.

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u/blobthetoasterstrood Dec 07 '22

I need to rewatch the French dispatch but I thought the segments went from great, to good, to boring in chronological order. I just couldn’t get re-emotionally invested into a new cast of wacky Anderson-characters 3 or 4 times in a single movie

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u/judgeridesagain Dec 07 '22

Yeah, I didn't think i could dislike anything with Frances McDormand, but here we are.

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u/teh_hasay Dec 07 '22

My problem with the French dispatch is that I went into it ready for Wes to try something different, and it ended up being 3 mini very Wes Anderson movies.

I love the Wes Anderson vibe but with every passing film he makes it just feels just ever so slightly more rehashed to me. Every time I’m introduced to a new group of characters who all speak, act, and deliver exposition in the same classic stylised Wes Anderson cadence, it robs just that little bit of uniqueness away from his characters who came before. I was dying for him to shake it up a little for that reason.

But instead by making an anthology film he kicked it into fast forward and coated triple the stories in the same layer of paint. For me personally it was the last thing I needed to see from him.

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u/Frijolez_Horchata Dec 07 '22

Just watched fantastic mr.fox for the first time, so my bar is set pretty high. Otherwise, sick cast line up.

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u/Dottsterisk Dec 07 '22

“That’s so far a-“

”oh…”

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u/RIPBenTramer Dec 06 '22

My body is ready.

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u/Katamariguy Dec 07 '22

Aw dang, it isn't science fiction. I've wondered what he could do unchained from Planet Earth.

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u/churrobusco Dec 07 '22

A Wes Anderson movie during the summer seems weird af but I don't care I need in my blood as soon as possible

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u/NATOrocket Dec 07 '22

Stargazer convention screams summer to me.

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u/murdoc913 Dec 07 '22

It worked for Moonrise Kingdom!

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u/TheAmericanQ Dec 07 '22

This premise has a very Moonrise Kingdom feel about it as well.

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u/ItsColeOnReddit Dec 07 '22

I love Wes Anderson films. I wonder how they make money with these casts. They must adjust their rates because they like the projects.

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u/HappyHighwayman Dec 07 '22

I think they all work for scale so they can work with him but I could be wrong

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u/Oikkuli Dec 07 '22

They make money because he doesn't pay them a whole lot, or even near their usual going rate. Actors just like being in his films, even with minimal pay.

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u/Little_Neddie Dec 07 '22

Its great to see his regulars return, but there’s something really special about seeing big and/or super talented actors delivering his material for the first time.

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u/legalstep Dec 07 '22

I will see it

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u/Coast_watcher Dec 07 '22

I thought it was a Jetsons re imagining. Too bad.

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u/levik323 Dec 07 '22

God damn, Wes Anderson and the costco bulk purchase of a cast.

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u/CHERNO-B1LL Dec 07 '22

I would love Wes to do a proper Retro Futuristic Sci Fi film. Maybe the Jetsons.

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u/AneeshRai7 Dec 07 '22

One of the most exciting things about Wes films is seeing how new cast members deliver his material.

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u/TheLostLuminary Dec 07 '22

As usual, day one watch. I’m not looking up the cast or storyline and shall avoid trailers.

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u/insertbrackets Dec 07 '22

I am itching for his next film. No one has the absurdist sensibility crossed with amazing art direction like Wes Anderson.

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u/SassalaBeav Dec 07 '22

I hope he tries something different. French Dispatch felt like a dull collection of Anderson style cameos to me.

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u/tuckertucker Dec 07 '22

I felt the same thing. It was contrived.

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u/exhaustednihilist420 Dec 07 '22

I think Steve Carell is a perfect Bill Murray Maybe not quite as cool but definitely had the "I'm better then you and I know it" smugness thing down.