As his wonderful, enchanting Moonrise Kingdom continues to open across the country — if you haven’t seen it, you should… amend that — Wes Anderson is quietly assembling film #8. The ensemble project, once labeled by the filmmaker as “a Euro movie,” has, according to Twitch, started to eye Bill Murray, Johnny Depp, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, and Angela Lansbury for its cast; thus far, Owen Wilson is the only confirmed member.
Well, boy, that is one thrilling and eclectic lineup he’s got in mind. Murray will, no question, be in the fray, and I’d bet good money on other, prior collaborators — i.e., Goldblum, Dafoe, Brody, and Norton — coming back to stand right in the middle of a frame. The rest of them?
Depp is a busy guy, but I think he’d embrace a break from the franchise work every now and then; Law seems to just crop up in a film every six months, so, why not; and Lansbury is in very little these days, which actually makes her the unlikeliest pick. Maybe, nowadays, she only chooses projects she likes, or perhaps acting just doesn’t interest her. (I’m not the woman’s publicist, so don’t ask me.)
Regardless! All my faith in Anderson was completely and absolutely restored by Moonrise Kingdom, so it goes without saying the next project is one I put above almost any percolating at the moment. Even if he only got, say, three of those eight, I’m sure it’ll be a special little something worth ingesting again and again — but I’d like for everyone to join, obviously.
How does Anderson’s proposed lineup read to you?
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