Wes Anderson’s Latest Is More Wes Anderson Than Ever
West Anderson’s star-studded Asteroid City premiered at Cannes this past Monday (May 23). It received a six and a half minute standing ovation (and is currently clocked in at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes). Here is everything we know about the film, releasing in June.
Who Made It?
Wes Anderson created Asteroid City. He directed, co–produced with Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales, and co-wrote with Roman Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s son. Anderson and Copolla have worked together in the past — they co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom, The French Dispatch, and Isle of Dogs, for example. Alexandre Desplat, who worked on Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and The French Dispatch, composed the music, while Robert Yeoman is the cinematographer, as he has been for every one of Anderson’s live-action films. Yeoman is largely responsible for the visuals that give Anderson films their distinctive look and feel.
Who Is In It?
Wes Anderson’s films are known for their spectacular ensembles, but Asteroid City goes above and beyond. Cast member Fisher Stevens considers it the “wildest cast since The Bridge on the River Kwai.”
Asteroid City stars several Anderson favorites — Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and the aforementioned Fisher Stevens. Scarlett Johansson and Brian Cranston, who both voice acted in Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, will also star in Asteroid City alongside Jake Ryan, who acted in Moonrise Kingdom. Tom Hanks, Steve Carrell, and Margot Robbie will join Anderson for the first time. Maya Hawke, Hong Chau, Stephen Park, Liev Schreiber, Rupert Friend, Matt Dillon, Ethan Josh Lee, Aristou Meehan, Hope Davis, Tony Revolori, Sophia Lillis, Grace Edwards, Rita Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, and Bob Balaban round out the cast.
What Is It About?
Asteroid City is set in 1955 and has been described as containing elements of sci-fi, romance, comedy, and drama. Indeed, based on the trailer, there are a lot of moving parts — a group of young scientists, some sort of atomic and/or alien disruption, a famous movie star, a recent widower, and some very strange children (per usual). The official synopsis via Focus Features reads: “The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.” Whatever the plot, Asteroid City and its quirky world look and feel more Anderson-esque than ever.
When Will It Come Out?
Asteroid City will have a limited release on June 16th and will expand on June 23rd. Focus Features, who has worked with Anderson’s last few films (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch) will spearhead domestic distribution, and Universal Pictures International will spearhead international distribution. June will be a packed month, filled with blockbuster after blockbuster (in fact, both The Flash and Elemental also come out on June 16th), but be sure not to let Anderson’s latest slip! You won’t want to miss it.
Asteroid City (2023) Official Focus Features Trailer