Wes Anderson's next movie may be his most Wes Anderson-y yet, at least if the cast is any indication.
Following last year's The French Dispatch — the auteur's cinematic love letter to The New Yorker — his next project is Asteroid City, a "poetic meditation on the meaning of life," according to an official plot synopsis. (As if that doesn't describe every Anderson project!) Set in a fictional desert town circa 1955, the film revolves around the Junior Stargazer Convention, "which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest/recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more."
The cast of Asteroid City is chockablock with Anderson regulars, including Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Willem Dafoe, Tony Revolori and Jeff Goldblum.
Actors new to the world of Wes include Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Margot Robbie, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, Ethan Lee and Rita Wilson — "and many more," the announcement teases.
Anderson wrote, directs and produces Asteroid City based on a story by himself and Roman Coppola. Focus Features and Indiana Paintbrush are behind the project, marking their first Anderson project since 2012's Moonrise Kingdom.
"Wes is a generational talent whose films delight audiences around the world, and we're sure that the combination of his incredibly emotional story and vision combined with the insanely talented group of actors he has assembled, will mean that Asteroid City will be no different," says Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.
A release date for Asteroid City has yet to be announced.
Anderson is a seven-time Oscar nominee, having earned his first nomination for Best Original Screenplay with 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums. He has since earned nominations with 2010's Fantastic Mr. Fox (Best Animated Feature), 2012's Moonrise Kingdom (Best Original Screenplay), 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture) and 2018's Isle of Dogs (Best Animated Feature).