Finally. After massive amounts of rumors of who Wes Anderson would be casting for his next film Grand Budapest Hotel, even allegations that actor Johnny Depp had a small role in the film ,which were denied by Anderson. Thanks Internet. But of course there is only one person who can confirm the headlines, and that’s Mr. Anderson himself. In a recent the Hollywood Reporter (THR) interview, Wes Anderson teased the plot for his latest project and announced his amazing ensemble.
Well, yes, [my next film is] Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s a Euro movie. It’s a period picture. I can tell you the cast — maybe you already know the cast, but I can tell you properly who it is: We have Ralph Fiennes, and we have Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, we have F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law, and we’ve got Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Mathieu Amalric. And I think Owen [Wilson] is gonna have a little part, too. Oh, Saoirse Ronan has quite a big part. I’m thinking if I’ve forgotten anybody. Yeah, we have a good group.
A good group indeed Mr. Anderson. Besides casting Saorise Ronan and his usual entourage of Anderson Alumni, a person we’re very excited for is Oscar-winner (for masterfully playing Antonio Salieri in Amadeus) F. Murray Abraham. A very underrated actor, it’ll be good to see him take a break from his stage career.
Despite the cast and what little get out of that, we can confirm that the film takes place about 85 years ago and gathers inspirations from by Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch films. Confused? If you haven’t heard of these two filmmakers, we would suggest you’d start with these titles.
Billy Wilder’s the Apartment (1960)
Ernst Lubitsch’s To be or Not to Be (1942)