The award winning filmmaker Wes Anderson has announced a new film, Asteroid City, which will be coming to theaters June 16. If you heard a loud thud that was all the film nerds falling to the ground with overwhelming joy.
Anderson is a favorite among film lovers but has also enjoyed quite a bit of commercial success with average American moviegoers. What makes Anderson a true genius is the truly mainstream approachability of even his most critically regarded works. Anderson isn’t trying too hard. He isn’t making it difficult on purpose. He produces visually beautiful off-beat stories with a lot of humor and an acute sense of self. His signature films are meticulously designed, color coordinated, scripted in verse (kind of), and pretty universally enjoyed. They are the gourmet grilled cheese of films. Sure a regular grilled cheese would do, but who doesn’t like some avocado and artisan bread? Most people would recognize his films, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Asteroid City is stylized in retrospect and set in a fictional city of 1955. The cast of star studded characters are on the precipice of alien encounter in a town which celebrates an asteroid contact with Earth and hosts an annual junior stargazer event. Anderson teamed up with Roman Coppolla (he often works with the Coppolla family) for the story.
The star couldn’t have more stars which is a joke in and of itself considering it’s a film about stargazing. The film will feature: Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Jake Ryan, Tony Revolori, and Jeff Goldblum.