Writer/director Wes Anderson found himself with an indie hit on his hands last summer with "Moonrise Kingdom," an irresistible story of young love that took the filmmaker's colorful and balanced visual style to new heights.
Luckily for Anderson's fans, he hasn't wasted much time adding yet another star-studded adventure to his storytelling world.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is told from the perspective of a lobby boy named Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) as he learns the ropes from the establishment's most-revered concierge Gustave H, played by Ralph Fiennes, looking like he's having one hell of a good time.
Gustave H specializes in catering to the Grand Budapest Hotel's older female clientele, including an almost-unrecognizable Tilda Swinton as Madame D. When the elderly guest is murdered, authorities suspect Gustave, especially after she leaves him a valuable painting, "Boy with Apple," in her last will and testament.
How could Anderson follow up the story of Sam and Suzy in "Moonrise Kingdom" without giving us another tale of young love? Saoirse Ronan's Agatha comes into Zero's life as a very special girl with a birthmark shaped like Central America on her right cheek who is entrusted with the location of "Boy with Apple" once the authorities take Gustave into custody.
The rest of the cast is a veritable who's who of Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and Harvey Keitel.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" will open in theaters March 7, 2014.