If anything can help Johnny Depp with a successful rebound from a recent fizzle (Dark Shadows), it’d be the magic touch of beloved indie director, Wes Anderson.
Depp has been confirmed for The Grand Budapest Hotel along with an as-of-yet rumored but believable (based on the caliber of casts from Anderson’s previous efforts) set of names consisting of Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law and Angela Lansbury. The film is said to begin production soon and as The Thin Man reboot and Disney’s The Lone Ranger have both been put on hold, this’ll give Depp a much needed distraction from his current issues with long-time girlfriend Vanessa Paradis. Who could be unhappy with Bill Murray around?
I for one have been incredibly bored with Depp’s decisions for some time now and as a somewhat obsessed Wes Anderson fan with the utmost faith in his choices cast-wise, I’m extremely anxious to see what comes of this. It’s hard to imagine Depp in primary color based sets that are so prevalent and recognizable in Anderson’s gems.
I just finally saw Moonrise Kingdom tonight (which was amazing to say the least) and I come home to see that his next feature film is already in the works. What a day! We’ll keep you up to date as more information is released on The Grand Budapest Hotel.