A lot of people like Wes Anderson movies, and that includes members of team Hollywood as well as regular schlubs. When he makes a movie, the biggest stars in the business line up to get a role, and his next film, Moon Rise Kingdom, is no different. Deadline reports that Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton are all in serious talks to star in the picture. Anderson co-wrote the script with Roman Coppola, who served as second unit director for Anderson on The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisssou.
The article describes Moon Rise Kingdom as
set in the 60s. Two young adults fall in love and run away. Leaders in their New England town are sticking to the idea that they’ve disappeared and go in search of them. Norton will play a scout leader who brings his charges on a search. Willis is in talks to play the town sheriff who’s also looking, and who is having an affair with the missing girl’s mother, the role McDormand is in talks to play. Murray, a regular in Anderson films, will play the girl’s father, who has his own issues.
This sounds like a suitably left-of-center set up within which Anderson can work his game. A high-tension scenario fraught with heightened emotions, desperate romance, and an excellent cast full of idiosyncratic characters is right up his alley. Moon Rise Kingdom, his first live action film since 2007, will hopefully have more in common with Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums than The Darjeeling Limited, which is by no means terrible but simply doesn’t hold up to Anderson’s first few films.
Scott Rudin will produce the star-studded affair along with Anderson, possibly for Indian Paintbrush, billionaire Steven Rales’ auteur-themed production company. The starting date for production on Moon Rise Kingdom is sometime late next spring.