Wes Anderson‘s next film, the star-studded Asteroid City, has landed at Focus Features, reuniting the director with the studio who rolled out his 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. Searchlight had released his last three movies. Universal Pictures is the parent company of Focus and will handle distribution.
In addition to that news, we finally have some plot details regarding Asteroid City. The film, which Anderson has co-written with Roman Coppola, is being described as “a poetic meditation on the meaning of life.”
It’s set in a fictional American desert town circa 1955 during its Junior Stargazer convention, which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest and recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more.
Peter Kujawski, the chairman of Focus Features, said in a statement: “We are beyond thrilled to be the global home for Asteroid City, bringing Focus back in business with Wes and his producing partners.
Wes is a generational talent whose films delight audiences around the world; and we’re sure that the combination of his incredibly emotional story and vision combined with the insanely talented group of actors he has assembled, will mean that Asteroid City will be no different.”
The stacked cast includes Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Steve Carell, Willem Dafoe and more in what’s not only Anderson’s best cast ever, but probably one of the best in film history.
There’s currently no release date set for Asteroid City, but with that cast it should have something (or somebody) that appeals to everyone.