Wes Anderson and Ed Norton recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and gave a quick interview about Moonrise Kingdom. Ed Norton, who stars in the new movie as Scout Master Ward, offered this great bit about working with Wes:
What’s it like making a Wes Anderson movie?
“Actually, my character in the film is not dissimilar from the way Wes directs a film,” says Norton, who plays an earnest, let’s-do-it! optimist of a troop leader. “[My character] doesn’t have a shred of cynicism about him. He’s a real believer. It was probably the easiest gig I ever had, because all I had to do was turn to Wes and say, ‘How would you say this line?’ Then I would just imitate it. He’s a great person to work for and with. He’s really a lot of fun.”
Well this is exciting news. Word has come in that Moonrise Kingdom will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival on May 16th in the Grand théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals. Last years festival opened with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. A prestigious premiere for Wes’ film, and the first time any of his films have played the festival, though the opening slot is an out of competition one. We’ll bring you reports from the festival when the film premieres, along with the always entertaining press conference.
The poster for Wes’ new film has arrived (via IMP Awards), click on the thumbnail above to view it full size.
It appears to be entirely painted, including the two young stars of the film. The poster features that same custom font designed by Jessica Hische, and as soon as we know who created the poster art we’ll let you know. What do you think? Best poster ever, man?
Thanks to commenter Filmkid for informing us the art was done by British painter Michael Gaskell. You can see some of his other work here. No thunderstorm paintings, alas.
A new Wes Anderson film is always something to get excited about, and Moonrise Kingdom looks to be no exception. While the title might suggest that it’s a fantasy role-playing game, in fact it’s a star-studded story of young love. And a few new images have now hit the web to give us a clue what we’re in for.
The story concerns two 12 year-olds, Sam and Suzy (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), who fall in love during the summer of 1965 in New England. They make a secret pact and run away together – but a violent storm is building and there’s a frantic search to find them.
Bruce Willis joins Anderson’s ensemble as the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton plays a ‘Khaki Scout’ troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are Suzy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban.
In other words, the cast is ace and these pictures suggest that it has all of Anderson’s usual quirky charm, as you’d expect with him directing and co-writing with Roman Coppola.