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Wes Anderson has a dependable stable of actors who return for film after film, from Jason Schwartzman to Bill Murray. And then, he lures the occasional all-star who’s just eager to play in Anderson’s unique sandbox, from Gene Hackman to Edward Norton or Bruce Willis. Rumors were swirling that Johnny Depp was going to be the next celeb to attach their name to an Anderson film, but now the director has stepped forward and shot the notion down.
Anderson is about to begin filming The Grand Budapest Hotel in Germany, and we already know that Murray and Angela Lansbury (of all people) are part of the new ensemble. But Anderson told Huffington Post that while he’d love to work with Depp one day, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is not taking up residency in Budapest.
“You know, the Internet has a way of announcing things on its own [laughs]. You will find that even though I'm very aware of the cast that has been announced on its own devices, you'll never find me saying who's in the movie. Or, as far as I know, anybody else. I really don't know where it all comes from. In fact, Johnny is somebody who I would love to work with at some point, but he's not going to be in this movie. But I actually have not put the cast out -- I have not announced the cast. We have quite a great cast.”
Part of the fun of Anderson’s comedies is discovering the talents who will contribute to his overall tone. He has such a great ear for which actors match his dialogue. Can you imagine anyone else besides George Clooney in The Fantastic Mr. Fox, or Murray in Rushmore and The Life Aquatic?
We’ll find out soon enough if Anderson has a casting reveal up his sleeve beyond Lansbury, who is an odd choice for any ensemble in 2012, but then again, in Anderson we trust.