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Wes Anderson's last directorial effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, was his most successful outing to date. Not only was it met with widespread critical acclaim, but it was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, won four and went on to gross $174.8 million at the box office, the highest amount of any of his films by over $100 million. Obviously there's going to be a little bit of pressure on Wes Anderson to better The Grand Budapest Hotel with his next outing, which has now been confirmed as Isle Of Dogs.
Set in Japan, Isle Of Dogs revolves around a boy's odyssey to find his dog. As per usual, Wes Anderson has assembled a truly stunning ensemble cast to provide voices in the film. Here's a rundown of who'll be involved.
Scarlett Johansson isn't just one of the biggest and best actresses or actors working in cinema at the moment; she also has a captivating voice that should lend itself perfectly to Isle Of Dogs. This marks her first outing in a Wes Anderson film, and it will be interesting to see how she slots into his world.
Edward Norton is turning into a bit of Wes Anderson regular, as this will mark the third film in a row from the director that he's appeared in. Norton lit up both Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel with his presence, seamlessly adapting to Anderson's style and tone and excelling with his own brand of deft comedy.
Another Wes Anderson newbie, you can imagine that the director saw Bryan Cranston's portrayal of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 biopic and instantly earmarked him for a part. Cranston has provided voices in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Kung Fu Panda 3 in recent years, so he's already well aware of what he's going to go through on Isle Of Dogs. I expect there will be a different approach this time round, though.
While most people believe Bill Murray is the actor most suited to Wes Anderson's approach, I think that honor belongs to Jeff Goldblum. That's despite the fact that he's only appeared in two Anderson films, as the deliciously evil Allistair Hennessey in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Deputy Vilmos Kovacs in The Grand Budapest Hotel, whose death scene was just superb. I can't wait to see what Anderson does next with him.
Yet another newbie to the Wes Anderson posse, Liev Schreiber might not instantly strike you as an actor the director would crave. However, his slow monotonous delivery as Marty Baron in Spotlight highlights exactly how Anderson can use him, while Schreiber's efforts in Goon and Taking Woodstock show he's always capable of a laugh, too.
Like Edward Norton, Isle Of Dogs marks the third Wes Anderson film on the trot, after Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, that Tilda Swinton has starred in. And like Norton again, Swinton was superb in both, and the fact that she always manages to bring something surprising and idiosyncratic to her roles and the space Anderson gives to his actors means they make quite a formidable team.
Because of course. Bill Murray has starred in every Wes Anderson film, except for his debut Bottle Rocket back in 1996, and it simply wouldn't be a Wes Anderson film if Billy Murray wasn't present.
But that's not all. Because Isle Of Dogs will also include the voices of F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Greta Gerwig, Akira Ito, Harvey Keitel, Kunichi Nomura, Koyu Rankin, Akira Takayama, Frank Wood and Yoko Ono. Yes, that Yoko Ono.
Speaking about working with Wes Anderson, Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula lavished the director with praise, calling him "one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation." They went on to note his "smart and unconventional screenplays" that are able to "translate into unique experiences on screen" adding that his "unique voice" is able to "bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits."
Wes Anderson himself looked to get involved in the announcement of Isle Of Dogs, too, recording a three-minute-long video discussing the project, which also gives us our first tiny glimpse of what the dogs will look like, and features a delightful cameo from Ed Norton. Get it inside your eyes by clicking below.
We're not certain exactly when Isle Of Dogs will be released, but it's anticipated to be with us at some point in 2018.
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