Wes Anderson is really swinging for the fences when casting his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This intentioned collection of actors are, nevertheless, coming his way; Bill Murray and Owen Wilson would’ve probably just shown up on set the first day without being called, but the big get of Johnny Depp is receiving support from two other players.
The first is Jude Law, who told MTV he’ll take part in Anderson‘s eighth film, thus filling another high-profile spot on the director’s list. This is a case where the actor was also pursuing the director, saying “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.’” With that, Law now has a “fleeting” role in Hotel, a film he believes will begin shooting around January or so.
One other name which cropped up over the summer is Edward Norton, who, having just worked with Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom, felt like a remarkably easy pick. Now, this is not some sort of confirmation, but an interview with DigitalSpy had the actor saying this much:
“Wes knows I’m in his troupe, I’m in Wes‘s repertory company any time he wants, and we’ve talked about it, and I think he’s assembling it soon.”
Wouldn’t you say that comes across as a yes? Let’s hope. I was very fond of what these two were able to create earlier in the year, so… give me more of that.
Even as Grand Budapest Hotel‘s slate of actors is starting to coalesce before our very eyes, none of us have anything else to report. I’d like to keep it that way for the time being.
With Law and Norton also aboard, has the game changed on Hotel?
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