It’s finally happening, the melding of the minds between two American cinematic icons.
Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Philadelphia) is joining Wes Anderson’s latest pic, which was revealed by the folks over at The Hollywood Reporter. The project is supposed to begin shooting this September in Spain after pivoting from a shoot in Rome, Italy. However, they’re quick to say that Hank’s role is small and could be more of a cameo.
The untitled movie already has Wes Anderson regulars Bill Murray (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The French Dispatch, Isle of Dogs, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom), Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The French Dispatch), and Adrien Brody (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The French Dispatch) among the cast.
Plot details have been kept under wraps and might be a while before we know what it’s exactly about or who the cast will be playing. I’m sure fans will be interested to know if Wes is attempting something more in the way of genre filmmaking (western or sci-fi) or still continue in the realm of quirky character-driven comedy.
Hanks recently played Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ live-action Pinocchio movie for Disney and made headlines when he contracted COVID while shooting Baz Lurman’s Elvis movie in Australia.
A release timeline hasn’t been given but it’s assumed that the movie will land at Searchlight Pictures with a potential festival run in 2022 if the film is completed in time.
His latest movie, The French Dispatch, will be released by Searchlight Pictures on October 22.
The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER