Someone asked me the other day via email, “Have you heard anything about the new Wes Anderson film!?” There was a sense of urgency to that sentence, being that it ended with a ! and a ?. I responded casually, “There’s nothing out there yet”.
This person immediately emailed be back with a link from IndieWire about the film’s first official plot synopsis. I’d been had.
My ego aside, there are plenty of die-hard Wes Anderson fans out there who are anxiously awaiting his next star-studded project. The cast features a wide variety of famous faces, some new, others returning to work with the director a second or third time. The Grand Budapest Hotel seems to be serving as the venue for a reunion of sorts between Anderson, his favourite actors, and Fox Searchlight (who had previously produced Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited). The cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, and Tom Wilkinson.
So, what’s the film all about? I’ll let the logline speak for itself:
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
A character piece backdropped by a quirky subplot? I think this might be out of Wes Anderson’s depth.
EDIT: I kid, obviously.