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Bill Murray is the Johnny Depp to Wes Anderson's Tim Burton (even though Johnny Depp himself might now be the Johnny Depp to Wes Anderson's Wes Anderson).
This should come as no surprise to anyone, but Murray has confirmed that he's involved in Anderson's latest bit of cinematic whimsy, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," according to an interview with Vulture.
Appropriately enough, the revelation came during an interview that took place in a hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival. Murray actually offered the information completely on his own: "I'm about to go shoot a movie with Wes Anderson in Germany," he said to German soccer player Arne Friedrich, who randomly knocked on the door at some point. "If you see me in Germany, I'll be working on a movie."
Really, you should read the entire interview. It might help you understand the mystery that is Bill Murray ... even less.
An Anderson first-timer has also joined the cast of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" as The Film Stage reports that "Murder, She Wrote" star Angela Lansbury, who was on Anderson's casting wish list for the project, has officially signed on.
“I’m playing woman of mystery, it’s minuscule role," said Lansbury to UK magazine, The Gentle Woman. "I’m on the screen probably for less than five minutes."
Well, mystery or not, that's the most that's been revealed about "The Grand Budapest Hotel" so far. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though we have a feeling that stylized family dysfunction set amongst quirky art direction and costume design will probably be involved.
More will be known soon, no doubt. Meanwhile, Bill Murray is set to possible snag an Oscar nomination for his turn as Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson," opening Dec. 7.