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There are some things we have come to expect from Wes Anderson movies: quirky characters, deadpan dialogue, vivid color pallets, and nostalgic and dreamy soundtracks. However, the plot details from one movie from the next are impossible predict. He's gone from a heist narrative to a love triangle tale to a family saga, high-seas adventure, India roadtrip story, mid-life crisis cartoon, and first love romance. So when it comes to what we should expect out of his next venture, tantalizingly titled The Grand Budapest Hotel, we're admittedly at a loss.
Details on the film's premise are under wraps, but we do know it's a comedy that stars Ralph Fiennes as an unflappable concierge. Anderson himself dropped some hints, sharing that it would "mostly" be set 85 years ago and that it is inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder. And now Jude Law, a newcomer to Anderson's growing acting ensemble, has revealed some new information on this mysterious movie.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is now in production in Germany, and Law, having recently wrapped on his five days of shooting, described his role as "tiny tiny," when speaking with The Playlist. But this is by no means a complaint. As an admitted "huge fan" of Anderson's works, Law gushed, "it was really, really wonderful to be on one of his projects."
He then went on to talk about the film's setting. Based on the aforementioned comments from Anderson, we'd expected the movie to be set in the late 1920s; however, Law corrects that misconception, clearly stating, "It’s mostly set in the '30s," before adding the curious note, "and my segment’s set in the '60s."
Law gave no further clues about the movie's plot or his character, and so we're left to wonder what this all means. Of course, Anderson's involvement is enough for us to be interested in The Grand Budapest Hotel. And our expectations are high considering his cast includes a slew of recurring Anderson collaborators from Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, to Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel and Willem Dafoe, as well as newcomers to the auteur's romantic aesthetic like Law, Saoirse Ronan, and Mathieu Amalric. The only downside as far as we see is that this curious comedy isn't expected to hit theaters until 2014.