Wes Anderson usually does a great job of pulling together the main cast for his movies, but Moonrise Kingdom may very well have his best yet. That seems like a hard point to argue when you consider that it stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, while newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are in the lead roles. We even learned yesterday that Harvey Keitel is in the film, which, frankly, is just awesome.

Today brings the news of another talent appearing in Anderson’s seventh feature, as ThePlaylist has confirmed that Bob Balaban will have a role in the film. What that part entails hasn’t been made clear, but it’s just nice to know that he’s showing up; his work over the past several decades has been consistently good, with appearances in movies like Close Encounters and much of the work of Christopher Guest, as well as several episodes of Seinfeld. His characters are generally comedic, and taking into account the nature of the film, I imagine that this will follow suit.

The movie follows Gilman and Hayward as two young kids in a small, coastal New England town in the 60’s who fall in love, and they decide to run away. The town proceeds to search for them, which leads to much of the film’s conflict. All of this is looking pretty great so far, and I can’t wait for its 2012 release, thanks to Focus Features.

What do you think of Balaban joining the movie? Are you excited for Moonrise Kingdom?

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