By Edward Davis | The Playlist October 17, 2013 at 10:00AM
Teased earlier this week with the poster, the trailer for Wes Anderson's eighth feature length effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has finally arrived. The auteur has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to change up his famously idiosyncratic style. "My natural handwriting is neat and it is like my personality. Somewhere along the way I made this choice: I can force myself to not be what I feel I naturally am or I can just go with it and develop it," he said last year in Cannes. "[Repeating myself] is not something I think about. I really think about just the world of this movie, and what this one is going to be." And yes, this 'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer is very Wes Anderson-y, showing off his second period piece following the '60s setting of "Moonrise Kingdom."
Here's the official synopsis:
"THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL" recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H., the film's lead concierge, relatively unknown child actor Tony Revolori plays Zero Moustafa, F. Murray Abraham as the older Zero, Edward Norton has the role of Henckels, actor Mathieu Amalric is Serge, Saoirse Ronan plays Agatha and the all-star ensemble also includes Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Anderson said last year that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was conceived with an old friend, not in the "movie business" and Monday's poster revealed that was Hugo Guinness: a London-born New York-based artist, illustrator, model and writer who did the voice of Farmer Bunce in Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Once again, Alexander Desplat has written the score for Anderson's latest and the film will arrive on March 7, 2014 which we're already speculating could mean a premiere in Berlin. And in case you're wondering, the film was apparently shot in three aspect ratios: 1.33, 1.85, and 2.35, though most of the trailer is shot in 1.33.
While we're on the subject of Anderson, much has been made about celebrating Anderson body of work lately thanks to Matt Zoller Seitz's new book, "The Wes Anderson Collection." With that in mind, we include below, a 40 minute Apple Store talk hosted by our EIC Rodrigo Perez in 2011 discussing the 10 year anniversary of "The Royal Tenenbaums." It's a pretty good conversation, if we say so ourselves.