Good news: Wes Anderson is already shooting The Grand Budapest Hotel. Bad news: said next movie isn’t coming just as soon as we’d guessed.

Mentioned in a THR story with, otherwise, little of true interest — save for the note that Ralph Fiennes, his star, will play “Mr. Gustave, the unflappable concierge of the eponymous hotel” — is the mention of some opaque 2014 release window. Which is a little odd, or close to odd, since Hotel will be finished with production around March; that gives plenty of time to edit for, say, a release around Christmastime, but that’s just not how things fall into place here. It’s because of this I (sort of) figure Cannes 2014 is the destination, and if that’s what he wants to do… good on him. You can’t beat the south of France in mid-May.

Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom narrator, Bob Balaban, has been confirmed to join the cast (thanks to EW), which is so good that his presence only feels like a minor thing. Leading The Grand Budapest Hotel are Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, and Harvey Keitel; if that doesn’t build anticipation, we have nothing to say to one another.

Any thoughts on Wes Anderson’s next being saved for 2014?

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