Exciting news for Wes Anderson fans! Those who have been following the award season carefully should have been surprised when director Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom only scored one Oscar nomination. The director whose film was said to be a front runner for some time took a back seat.
Now we learn that Wes Anderson, not deterred by the lack of love for Moonrise Kingdom, has started the ball rolling with another film titled The Grand Budapest Hotel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film has just started production in Germany. The Grand Budapest Hotel, which stars Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Gustave, is a concierge of the eponymous hotel. Full on plot details haven’t been released for the film, but there is a hint that suggests it will reflect in the same tone of most Anderson works. His new film has been described as being a tale about: “The troubles and tribulations of Mr. Gustave, who serves as the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge.”
In addition to Fiennes the cast includes a who’s who of players including, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Schwartzman, Mathieu Amalric and Owen Wilson. Looks like Anderson is pulling rank on this film, and getting a little bit of everyone from all of his classic films.
According to reports, most of the film will be shot in German at the Gorlitzer Warenhaus, which is said to be a famous shopping center near the German-Polish border. No word on whether or not Anderson has plans to release this in a prime position for the next Acadamy Awards, but it is making its way to a theater near you sometime in 2014.