Wes Anderson enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting his upcoming film, Asteroid City, which is expected to be another charming addition to his one-of-a-kind body of work. Famous for his retro style, eccentric personalities, and witty humor, Anderson has amassed a devoted fanbase who eagerly await his every new project.
Anderson’s latest movie, which is a mix of comedy and drama, is set for release in Singapore on Thursday. True to his signature style, the film has an ensemble cast of 21 celebrities whose names are featured on the movie poster. The leading cast includes renowned actors such as Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Edward Norton. Additionally, Margot Robbie and Rita Wilson, Hanks’ wife, make cameo appearances. The storyline is based on a futuristic version of the 1950s where a father mourning the loss of his loved ones takes his kids to Asteroid City, a small town famous for its large meteor crater, to attend a stargazing event.
The whole town went into a state of emergency when an extraterrestrial being showed up. In a virtual press conference held recently, Brody, Hanks, and Johansson shared their experiences working with Anderson, who is 54 years old. Anderson has been nominated seven times for Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and he frequently collaborates with the same actors. Johansson, who is 38 years old, believes that the unique connection formed between Anderson and his actors is what distinguishes his projects from others.
The famous American actress who is best known for her roles in Marvel movies like Black Widow (2021) and her noteworthy performances in Oscar-nominated films Marriage Story (2019) and Jojo Rabbit (2019) has praised the incredible acting displayed in the movie. She commends how each actor’s portrayal is unique, but also blends together seamlessly to create a remarkable masterpiece. In the movie, Scarlett Johansson plays the role of Midge, an actress who befriends Augie, a grieving father depicted by Schwartzman. Unlike other film sets where actors can experience boredom during breaks, Anderson’s sets are known for their lively atmosphere, which helps eliminate any doubts about one’s career choice.
The movie, as described by its cast, is full of energy and vibrancy. Tom Hanks, who portrays Stanley, Augie’s father-in-law, attests that the film exudes the old-fashioned charm of classic Hollywood productions where cowboys, showgirls, and gladiators share the same screen space. The veteran actor, known for his Oscar-winning performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, portrays the set as a focused and dedicated environment where everyone is decked up in their respective costumes, ready to perform. Adrien Brody, who plays the director of the play centered around Asteroid City, has starred in four other movies by Anderson, including The Grand Budapest Hotel and The French Dispatch.
While shooting a film in the United States and Spain, the cast and crew shared a fun and unforgettable daily routine. They all stayed at the same hotel and would often hop on a golf cart driven by the director, Wes, still wearing their movie costumes. Passersby would catch a glimpse of aliens, cowboys, and children hanging off the back of the cart as they made their way through town. The filming experience left a lasting impression on one of the cast members, a 50-year-old American who previously won an Oscar for his role in The Pianist. The final cut of the film captured the stunning beauty of the set.
At first, some of the actors working on Wes Anderson’s latest film felt hesitant about pitching their ideas to him due to his known attention to detail. Even Tom Hanks, who was new to Anderson’s way of working, sought advice from experienced cast members. They assured him that Anderson would be open to hearing their suggestions. And to Hanks’ delight, Anderson even approved one of his ideas for their first scene together. Despite the friendly vibe on set, Anderson’s perfectionism shines through the number of takes he requires to achieve his vision. While other directors may settle on take 3, Anderson prefers as many as 60 takes to nail it. Asteroid City, the movie’s title, will hit theaters this Thursday.