Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom broke US box office records when it went into limited release back in May, and two months later, its worldwide gross is topping $44m. and still going strong.
The writer-director-producer is already forging ahead with his follow-up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Deadline report that he’s begun assembling another excellent ensemble with Johnny Depp first to officially join the team.
Anderson is very much well known for having some of the best ensemble casts in pretty much all of his films, and it looks like that streak is going to continue wonderfully, with word recently surfacing that he’s also been eyeing the likes of Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, and more.
Essentially: A dream team.
Moonrise Kingdom was Anderson’s first film that Owen Wilson didn’t have an official credit on in some shape or form, and we’re naturally all looking forward to Wilson’s return in front of the camera here.
Anderson is directing from his own script, and will be producing alongside the brilliant and Oscar-winning Scott Rudin – who’s produced every Anderson film since The Royal Tenenbaums (as well as The Social Network, True Grit, and more) – and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales (The Darjeeling Limited, Like Crazy).
No word yet on when production is due to begin. Depp is currently hard at work on The Lone Ranger, which impressed with the footage it took to Comic-Con at the weekend, and The Grand Budapest Hotel is likely to be his next once it’s wrapped. Here’s to hoping. More as we get it.
Whilst you wait, enjoy Anderson’s brilliant short, Hotel Chevalier, which precedes The Darjeeling Limited and stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman.