Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy on location in Manhattan for the filming Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”(Aby Baker/Getty Images)
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are filming “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” on the streets of Manhattan on July 12.(Aby Baker/Getty Images)
Dakota Fanning on location in New York City for “Very Good Girls.”(Aby Baker/Getty Images)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens for business March 7, 2014, with the release of Wes Anderson’s much-anticipated new film.
Anderson’s 2012 effort, “Moonrise Kingdom,” made more than $45 million in the U.S. and earned an Oscar nomination for original screenplay.
In an interview with The Times last year, Anderson described the new film as being inspired by a “Hollywood Europe” tone, and films such as “To Be or Not to Be,” “The Shop Around the Corner” or “Love Me Tonight.”
Fox Searchlight, which is releasing the film, says it “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, 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 backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”
The cast features Ralph Fiennes as Gustave, and includes faces familiar from previous Anderson films in Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and Adrien Brody. Adding to the film’s air of European elegance are Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law.
It’s a busy time for “Grand Budapest Hotel,” with the recent release of a first poster and the announcement that a first trailer will be available Thursday at GrandBudapestHotel.com.
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