Bill Murray and Angela Lansbury Confirmed for Wes Anderson’s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL; Filming Will Take Place in Germany

     September 25, 2012

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Writer/director Wes Anderson’s wonderfully entertaining Moonrise Kingdom remains one of the best films of 2012, and now the aesthetically inclined filmmaker is already gearing up to start shooting his next feature.  We learned in July that he was courting some big names for his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and recently it was confirmed that Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Edward Norton, and Owen Wilson would definitely be joining the cast.  Now we have confirmation that frequent collaborator Bill Murray and Murder She Wrote legend Angela Lansbury will also be a part of the ensemble.  Hit the jump for more.

wes-anderson-the-grand-budapest-hotelMurray confirmed to Vulture that he was gearing up to head to Germany to shoot Anderson’s new film, and Lansbury told the UK Magazine The Gentle Woman (via The Film Stage) that she’ll be playing “a woman of mystery” in what she calls a miniscule role.  The actress adds that she’ll be on screen “for probably less than 5 minutes,” though I assume the role will be of the pivotal nature.  Plot details are still nonexistent, but Anderson yet again looks to be putting together one killer cast.

Of the names previously mentioned, only Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe have yet to officially sign on.  It remains to be seen if they can work the film into their schedules, but I’d love to see Goldblum play around in the Wes Anderson universe.  Production on The Grand Budapest Hotel is set to begin soon for a probable 2013 release date.

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