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Jason Schwartzman On Board For Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 24, 2011 1:18 AM
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It's safe to say at this point that we're looking forward to Wes Anderson's "Moon Rise Kingdom" as much as anything else that's coming out in 2012. The "Rushmore" helmer, one of the most important voices to appear in American film in the last couple of decades, had shown signs of ossifying with the misfires "The Life Aquatic" and "The Darjeeling Limited," and it didn't help that film festivals were suddenly inundated with streams of poor quality Anderson knock-offs. But 2009's animated excursion "Fantastic Mr. Fox" turned out to be the director's best work in years, and early word suggests that he's edging out of his comfort zone for his next picture.

When the project was initially announced last November, the cast was full of names who'd never worked with the director before, aside from Bill Murray, who's appeared in every one of his films since "Rushmore." Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand were all said to be on board for the film, a 1960s-set tale about two young adults who fall in love and run away, leading to panic in their small New England town. However, it seems that some of the traditional Anderson players may feature in the film as well -- Owen Wilson hinted a few months back that he might have a small role in the film, and now one of the actors most associated with the director seems to have joined as well.

Providence's Examiner reports that not only will the film be shooting in the spring in Rhode Island, but that Jason Schwartzman has joined Norton, McDormand, Willis, Swinton and Murray in the film. Schwartzman was, of course, the lead in "Rushmore," and was also among the cast for "The Darjeeling Limited" (and its accompanying short "Hotel Chevalier"), and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." While no official word has come in about the casting (announced by local agency LDI Casting) -- inquiries with reps for the actor weren't returned as of press time -- it seems pretty legitimate at this point. There's no word on the role that Schwartzmann would take, but we're glad to see him back in the fold as his best work has always been with Anderson.

With Rhode Island's tax credit program likely to expire on July 1st, the film needs to get before cameras sooner rather than later, which backs up what we've heard about a May start date -- Steven Feinberg, of The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, says that it'll film on Aquidneck Island, as well as a number of other locations around Rhode Island. We're firmly excited about this one, assuming everything that's rumored pans out. There's no word on a release date yet, but with a May start date, could a Cannes 2012 bow be on the cards?

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  • rocco siffredi | March 24, 2011 11:48 AMReply

    Life Aquatic and Darjeeling are not misfires...

  • nick | March 24, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    If you were let down or wanted more out of Darjeeling Limited, you guys missed the point. sorry. it's a great, fun film.

  • devolevo | March 24, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    Desplat did a good Mothersbaugh rip-off for FF.

  • hb | March 24, 2011 6:55 AMReply

    I don't understand why people keep hiring Bruce Willis.

  • Edward Davis | March 24, 2011 5:04 AMReply

    heard they had a falling out. I bet it will be Desplat again, who frankly, did an amazing job on FF.

  • devolevo | March 24, 2011 5:04 AMReply


  • brett | March 24, 2011 4:08 AMReply

    Just glad to see Norton back in something a little different and maybe back in the limelight.

    I enjoyed Leaves of Grass and Stone, but did they even see theatrical release?

  • Kevin Jagernauth | March 24, 2011 3:31 AMReply

    I have to say, I wasn't a fan of "Life Aquatic" at first but subsequent viewings I found the film far more endearing. Certainly not top tier Anderson but I think it's still pretty strong and somewhat underrated.

  • rodie | March 24, 2011 3:29 AMReply

    The Life Aquatic did have pacing/structure issues to its core, but overall is a really fun film with an amazing performance by Murray. So no, not a misfire.

    I'm really looking forward to Moonrise Kingdom!

    Anderson has said multiple times that he never wants to make a film without Owen Wilson, so you can bet on it that Wilson will at least have a cameo or small role in Moonrise Kingdom.

  • cirkusfolk | March 24, 2011 3:26 AMReply

    When I first saw Life Aquatic, I loved it, and thought it was Anderson's funniest film since Bottle Rocket. But even though it might be more laugh out loud funny than Rushmore and Royal Tenebaums, on subsequent viewings it has shown it weaknesses, something those other two films don't have. Now when I first saw Darjeeling Limited, I was disappointed. On subsequent viewings of that film, I have grown to appreciate it more, although I still find it to be Anderson's weakest.

    Here's my preference:
    Royal Tenebaums
    Bottle Rocket
    The Life Aquatic
    Darjeeling Limited

    I love Fantastic Mr. Fox too, but it is hard to throw it in the rankings due to it being animated.

  • Martin | March 24, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    The Cannes prediction is pretty odd. Definitely doesn't fit.

  • Ryan | March 24, 2011 3:12 AMReply

    Great piece overall, but the speculation about Cannes 2012 feels baseless since it's so far off and no previous Anderson film has premiered there. That would be great, though.

  • Tim Parker | March 24, 2011 3:09 AMReply

    Love the life aquatic, love darjeeling limited. i dont know what people felt was missing in those movies that was in bottle rocket, rushmore, tenenbaums. They're different sure but they're so enjoyable--funny, odd, highly detailed, great writing and have some pretty cool cathartic moments

  • C.O Jones | March 24, 2011 3:06 AMReply

    life aquatic is the best wes anderson film suck a dick grabowski

  • JP | March 24, 2011 2:59 AMReply

    Life Aquatic seems to always start this kind of conversation. Personally it's my second favorite movie by him and I think it's absolutely beautiful. I've met people who feel the same way, but also plenty like Oli who didn't like it at all.

  • lauren grabowski | March 24, 2011 2:31 AMReply

    the life aquatic was beyond disappointing. the lack of chemistry blanchett had on screen with everyone, the accent of wilson's, it was awful. the dumb shark........? if it weren't for the iggy pop interlude and the i'm a pepper t-shirt i would have wanted a refund.

  • Edward Davis | March 24, 2011 2:13 AMReply

    Agree with Oli. They're just really unsatisfying films with little great moments.

  • Harry Sherriff | March 24, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    What Mike Hoath said.

  • Mike Hoath | March 24, 2011 1:55 AMReply

    The Life Aquatic is no misfire, sir....

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