Casting an eclectic mix of actors for his latest project, filmmaker Wes Anderson has brought back mainstays Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman alongside several newcomers including Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks and the recently announced Scarlett Johansson.
Granted, Johansson did appear in Anderson’s 2018 animated romp Isle of Dogs, though this will be the first time she appears in a live-action film of the director’s. Anderson’s upcoming film is set to star Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adrien Brody, Margot Robbie, Jason Schwartzman and Rupert Friend alongside Scarlett Johansson.
The actor, better known for playing ‘Black Widow’ in the Marvel film of the same name, is currently in a legal battle with Walt Disney studios due to a contractual dispute. Crucially, the actress claims that her final salary was based on the box office performance of the film, which, whilst opening well with a domestic $80m in the US, steeply declined in the second week when Black Widow was put on Disney+.
Filing a lawsuit against the goliath company for the simultaneous release of the film, a statement reads, “To maximise these receipts, and thereby protect her financial interests, Ms. Johansson extracted a promise from Marvel that the release of the picture would be a ‘theatrical release’,” as reported on CNN.
Continuing, the lawsuit statement read, “As Ms. Johansson, Disney, Marvel, and most everyone else in Hollywood knows, a ‘theatrical release’ is a release that is exclusive to movie theatres. Disney was well aware of this promise, but nonetheless directed Marvel to violate its pledge and instead release the picture on the Disney+ streaming service the very same day it was released in movie theatres”.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.