The casting news for Wes Anderson’s upcoming project continues to accelerate, recently revealing that Anderson mainstay, Jason Schwartzman, will be returning alongside relative newcomer Rupert Friend.
Still awaiting the release of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch since its premiere and rousing reception at the Cannes Film Festival, news of his next, upcoming project has begun to dominate the headlines. Anderson’s new film is set to star Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks and Adrien Brody, with Margot Robbie the latest star to join the project alongside Jason Schwartzman and Rupert Friend. Robbie’s involvement marks the very first time she has collaborated with Wes Anderson, having recently appeared as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad as well as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Just like Tom Hanks, who also collaborates with Anderson for the first time, Robbie’s role is believed to be a supporting one, though specific details are yet unknown.
Beginning production in Spain in August, Anderson’s latest film will maintain his collaboration between Bill Murray and Adrien Brody, with both actors having appeared in several of the director’s previous projects, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs. Swinton, also due to appear in Anderson’s new film, revealed that despite shooting in Spain, “It’s not about Spain,” whilst, director Wes Anderson commented that he was “not ready to share any details” regarding the new film.
Though details are sparse about Anderson’s latest project, it is believed that the filmmaker originally planned to shoot in Rome, though later had to move to Spain, with sets resembling a train station and desert landscape having been erected in Chinchón, a small town outside of Madrid.
For Jason Schwartzman, this will be his eighth collaboration with Wes Anderson, following appearances in Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch.
Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s most recent film, The French Dispatch, which revolves around an American publication in a fictional French city, is set to be released later this year, on October 22.