This past summer, director Wes Anderson returned to live action filmmaking with the successful Moonrise Kingdom. Shortly after the release, cinephiles were already anticipating Anderson’s next project that would surely reunite some of his regulars and feature actors who are new to the filmmaker’s cinematic world. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s next film, is set to star Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Jason Schwartzman. Actors who have been rumored to join the cast but have not yet been confirmed are Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum. With an already impressive male cast, the film has officially discovered its female lead.
Academy Award nominated actress Saoirse Ronan is the latest to check into The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ronan is best known for her roles in Atonement, The Lovely Bones, and Hanna. After next year, she’ll probably be best known for Neil Jordan’s vampire flick Byzantium and the anticipated Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. This role is probably going to be a bit lighter than some of her previous darker roles so it’ll be interesting to see how she fits into the world of Wes Anderson.
No specific details have emerged as of yet regarding the plot or characters. Recently, Wes Anderson has revealed that The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in the late 1920s in a Hungarian hotel and is loosely inspired by Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not To Be and Shop Around The Corner.
Indian Paintbrush, the production company behind Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, is set to produce. Filming for The Grand Budapest Hotel is planned for an early 2013 shoot in Germany.