About a week ago, we heard that writer/director Wes Anderson was eyeing a top-notch ensemble cast for his next untitled feature, with stars like Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury apparently being eyed for roles. Though the exact status of each actor’s involvement was unclear at the time (it’s safe to assume Murray and Wilson will definitely be onboard), we now have confirmation that at least one of those actors is officially involved: Johnny Depp. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Depp is set to star in the pic which is now titled The Grand Budapest Hotel. Moreover, Anderson is reteaming with his Moonrise Kingdom collaborators Indian Paintbrush, with Scott Rudin and Steven Rales onboard to produce alongside Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom has done fantastic box office this summer, and it also happens to be my personal favorite film of the year so far. It’s definitely one of Anderson’s best, and his stylistic flourishes are a perfect fit for the 1960s-set story about two young lovers.
We previously knew that Anderson’s next feature would be set in Europe, and the title appears to doubly confirm that news. Depp is currently filming The Lone Ranger for Disney and was set to reteam with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall on a remake of The Thin Man later this year before the studio stalled the project. Marshall will now likely return to his musical roots with Into the Woods next, while it sounds like Depp will be making his Anderson-film debut sometime relatively soon. The actor should make a swell addition to the ensemble cast, and I’m eager to see Depp play around in Anderson’s universe.