Director/writer Wes Anderson makes quirky, crazily detail-oriented films that manage to rope in an impressive roster of stars, from frequent collaborators Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, to Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, George Clooney and Meryl Streep.
And now, you can add Johnny Depp to the list. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Depp has signed on to work with Anderson on his next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which the superstar actor is expected to headline once he finishes his work on “The Lone Ranger.”
Anderson wrote the script for the movie, though few details are known at present about the storyline or Depp’s character. The new film follows the recent worldwide release of Anderson’s summer camp teen love tale, “Moonrise Kingdom,” which starred unknown pair Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the Romeo and Juliet-like pair who make a pact to run away together.
A number of the usual Anderson suspects filled out the cast, including Murray and Jason Schwartzman, as well as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.
Anderson is said to be courting a number of his old pals for supporting roles, including Murray and Owen Wilson, as well as Norton, Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Angela Lansbury, Jude Law and Adrien Brody.
“Moonrise” was Anderson’s first live-action film in five years, coming after the director took a detour in 2009 into stop-motion animation with “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel of the same name.