THE NEWS BUNDLE: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Stars Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton & More Confirmed for Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'


As 2012 comes to a close, director Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom has been the breakout hit of the year as the little indie film that could from the acclaimed cult director has landed on many's favorite film lists of the year. Anderson isn't wasting any time, however, as he's already in pre-production on his next project The Grand Budapest Hotel. Since then, we've heard reports of many performers returning under Anderson's wing, with only few of them actually confirmed. Now, it's Anderson's turn to reveal who is or is not coming aboard as the director has unveiled how many recognizable players are checking into the Hotel along with an all-new pair.

Speaking with THR, Wes Anderson himself has confirmed that he'll be reuniting with the previously reported Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Edward Norton for his next original effort The Grand Budapest Hotel, as they have all officially been cast. On top of this, he'll also be bringing back Moonrise Kingdom stars Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel to be among the roster of familiar faces for one incredible ensemble.

In addition, Anderson has also said Mahtieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace) and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland, Scarface) have also joined among the returning veterans as part of the few newcomers. Roles for each of the actors listed have yet to be revealed.

Though specific plot details are currently under wraps, the film is set to take place in the late 1920s in Europe with a young girl played by Saoirse Ronan being the focus. Ralph Fiennes will also be playing the askew hotel concierge, while other confirmed cast members include Jude Law, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Law originally called his part minor, with only a limited amount of screen time, which Anderson confirms will be the same direction for Owen Wilson. Exactly how much we'll see of the returning actors and actresses has yet to be determined.

The Grand Budapest Hotel will begin to shoot in Germany this January, with no release date set or major studio distributor yet attached. But if the cast is any thing to be determined, Anderson's next will be another can't miss effort.

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