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Last week it was reported that Wes Anderson was thinking extremely big casting-wise for his next feature. The project will be the first time the director has used a European location, and apparently is on the hunt to get Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury to star in it. While there's still time for the other eight to get on-board as well, today we've learned that the biggest name on that list has apparently shaken Anderson's hand.

Deadline reports that Johnny Depp has signed on to play a part in the Royal Tenenbaum filmmaker's next movie, which is apparently going to be titled The Grand Budapest Hotel. There are still no plot details available about the movie, though Anderson told me a few weeks ago that he wrote the script with a friend who has never been involved with the film industry before (his previous co-writers include Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach, and Roman Coppola). It will be Anderson's eighth movie. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago and received rave reviews. Of the eight actors remaining on the above list, only Law and Lansbury have never worked with the director before.

Though Depp has made some missteps recently - Dark Shadows, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Tourist, etc. - talent doesn't just disappear and Anderson might be the perfect director to bring it out of him again. I can't wait to see what the filmmaker has in store for us.

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