Coming off of 2012’s splendid Moonrise Kingdom, writer/director Wes Anderson is putting the pieces together for his next feature, Grand Budapest Hotel. As usual with Anderson’s films, plot details are scarce, but we do know that the story takes place 85 years ago and centers on the troubles and tribulations of a hotel concierge played by Ralph Fiennes. As production gears up to begin, word now comes that one of Anderson’s recent collaborators will be joining the project: composer Alexandre Desplat. Hit the jump for more details.
Desplat has scored Anderson’s last two films, Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it appears that Anderson plans on continuing the relationship as Screen Daily (via The Playlist) reports that Desplat will be scoring Grand Budapest Hotel. Also returning for this latest project are producer Scott Rudin and cinematographer Robert Yeoman. Rudin has produced every Anderson film since The Royal Tenenbaums and Yeoman has lensed all but the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox, so these are unsurprising tidbits.
Grand Budapest Hotel is noteworthy because this is the first film that Anderson has written without a co-writer. His previous projects have seen him write the screenplay alongside Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach, and most recently Roman Coppola, but he penned Grand Budapest entirely on his own. He’s off to a good start with the film’s cast, as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric are all set to star, with Owen Wilson possibly taking a small role. With Moonrise Kingdom being one of his best films to date, anticipation is high for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.