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Plot Details Revealed For Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' As Fox Searchlight Pick Up The Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 27, 2013 6:39 PM
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It looks like Wes Anderson is going back to a familiar home. After teaming with Focus Features for last year's "Moonrise Kingdom," the filmmaker's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been snatched up by Fox Searchlight who released "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Darjeeling Limited." But that's the boring stuff, the good news? We now have a plot.

Until now, the only thing we've really known about the movie is the absolutely ridiculous cast which includes: Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham and Bob Balaban. New to the cast, or at least previously unreported are Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") and Tony Revolori, a relative unknown who plays a key young boy character in the movie. The plot itself has been under lock and key, but Screen Daily have dropped a pretty nice little logline about the film. So here you go:

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

So, a quirkier, period version of "Trance"? Okay, we're joking around obviously, but it sounds like a caper tailor-made for Anderson. Previously, Anderson had revealed that the movie was inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder citing "To Be or Not to Be" and "Shop Around the Corner" (which takes place in Budapest, fyi) in particular, while also naming Rouben Mamoulian's "Love Me Tonight" with Maurice Chevalier." Law also recently let it slip that the movie takes place during two time periods -- the '30s and '60s -- which could be used to represent the "upheavals" and transformation suggested in the synopsis.

Putting other pieces together: it looks like Fiennes has the lead role with the young Revolori co-starring. Meanwhile, we know that Ronan will be using her Irish accent for the movie and that Goldblum has said his character is a cross between Sigmund Freud and Jack Benny. As for everyone else, we'll have to wait and see...but hopefully not too long. Fox Searchlight is apparently looking at a possible late 2013 release, which means that earlier reports that it will hit in 2014 aren't quite set in stone. If they think it has a shot at the Oscars, you can bet it will get some kind of limited bow before December is out.

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  • zsuzsanna | April 5, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    I'm happy to see Ralph Fiennes in a real comedy. The whole cast is extraordinary.

  • fitzcarraldont | March 30, 2013 5:40 PMReply

    It's his THE SHINING

  • Someone | March 28, 2013 5:17 PMReply

    So, is he never working with the Weinsteins?

  • d | March 28, 2013 5:33 PM

    Why would he?

  • Farhan Sattar | March 28, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    So good!

  • brou | March 28, 2013 2:07 AMReply

    You know that the "sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century" refer to the World War 2, don't you ? Because then reducing the film as a caper is a bit strange...

  • BRADY | March 27, 2013 9:38 PMReply

    Sounds intriguing, but where are the tits?

  • POPS | March 28, 2013 5:05 PM

    Even plain old boobies would be nice.

  • Hammish | March 27, 2013 11:38 PM

    Seconded. This story is lacking in one thing and that is details and or pictures of high end, top shelf breasts.

  • rodie | March 27, 2013 9:20 PMReply

    It also sounds just a tad like Soderbergh's KING OF THE HILL.

  • StephenM | March 27, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    This sounds fantastic. I would so, so love to see it released this year. If so, it would instantly jump to the top of my "most-anticipated" list.

  • shark | March 27, 2013 7:25 PMReply

    The idea of Anderson doing a Lubitsch homage is fucking amazing.

  • Amy | March 27, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    Perhaps Saoirse's character is the young protege?

  • john | March 28, 2013 3:19 AM

    No definitely revolori saoirse is positively revoloris love interest

  • James | March 27, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    Sounds intriguing enough, but the feeling of 'same ol, same ol' is certainly there. project has me mildly curious

  • ValharMorghulis | June 17, 2013 5:56 PM

    I can not believe how good this sounds!

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