Johnny Depp Joins Impressive Potential Cast For Director Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel
07.17.12 by Ryan
Johnny Depp is undoubtedly a huge movie star, but after the box office disappointment of Dark Shadows, Warner Bros. reportedly decided to slow down development on Depp's remake of The Thin Man. It probably didn't help that The Rum Diary was also a box office dud and that reports have surfaced that Depp's next movie The Lone Ranger is running over budget and requiring last minute rewrites. The Thin Man is one of a few projects Depp is developing with his Infinitum Nihil production company — another is an adaptation of 1970s ABC TV movie The Night Stalker and subsequent 1974-75 TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) — but those projects will have to wait as Depp has agreed to work on Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson's next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Deadline reports that Depp has signed on to star in the movie, which will be Anderson's next directing project. The move is a smart one for Depp, as Anderson is coming off of the second-most financially successful movie of his career ($45 million worldwide so far in limited release).
Little is known about The Grand Budapest Hotel other than it will reunite Anderson with his frequent collaborator Owen Wilson (who will star) and will be set in Europe, as the title suggests. Anderson won't be writing the script with Wilson as he did with earlier works like Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, instead Anderson has said he is writing with "an old friend" who is not connected to the movie business.
Depp will join a cast that not only includes Wilson, but, reportedly, other familiar faces like Bill Murray (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom), Jeff Goldblum (The Life Aquatic), Willem Dafoe (The Life Aquatic), Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom) and Adrien Brody (The Darjeeling Limited) with phone calls made to Jude Law and Angela Lansbury.
Should it all come together, that would be quite a cast and could be a project that raises Depp's profile once again with studios who may be nervous to spend a lot of money on one of Depp's pet projects. Of course, the success or failure of The Lone Ranger will also have a lot to say about that as well.
No word yet on when Depp and Anderson will start work on The Grand Budapest Hotel or when it will be released.