Wes Anderson has built a career on creating finely crafted cinematic worlds full of quirky characters, vibrant colors and intricate details.
And right now, he’s transporting viewers to a brand-new setting: the historical desert. Another visual feast with plenty of Anderson’s signature charm and wit can be expected from the trailer for his upcoming film, Asteroid City.
The story, which is centered on a troop of Junior Stargazers/Space Cadets, a Boy Scouts-like organization that is going to go through some “world-changing events,” is set in a fictional American desert town in 1955.
This upheaval is caused by an alien’s arrival, and based on the trailer, some of the characters seem to believe that alien life has descended on their town.
The cast for Asteroid City is impressive, combining established actors like Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, and Margot Robbie with newcomers like Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and Edward Norton.
The lineup promises to put in excellent performances, and it will be fascinating to watch how they realize Anderson’s original concept.
The level of detail in Asteroid City is impressive, as it is with all of Anderson’s movies. Every component, from the costumes to the set design, is painstakingly crafted to produce a fully realized world that is both familiar and otherworldly.
And with the addition of the desert landscape, Anderson has a new canvas to work with, providing endless opportunities for striking visuals and unexpected moments.
The ability of Anderson to inject heart and humor into even the most unlikely circumstances is one of his artistic strengths. And it’s obvious from the teaser that Asteroid City won’t be an exception.
Asteroid City Ensemble
There are moments of absurdity and whimsy, but also moments of genuine emotion and connection between the characters. It’s a delicate balancing act, but Anderson has proven time and again that he’s more than capable of pulling it off.
But what’s particularly exciting is the star-studded cast that Anderson has assembled for the project. One standout is Tom Hanks, who is playing the father-in-law of Jason Schwartzman’s character.
Hanks is no stranger to working with Anderson, having previously lent his voice to the director’s stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs. But in Asteroid City, Hanks is taking on a live-action role as the wise elder statesman figure, a role that has often been filled by Bill Murray in Anderson’s past films.
Schwartzman’s character is escorting his many children on a desert field trip, but he becomes distracted by a beautiful actress played by Scarlett Johansson. Meanwhile, his children become obsessed with the idea of life on other planets, setting the stage for the film’s intriguing premise.
The screenplay for Asteroid City is credited solely to Anderson, but his longtime collaborator Roman Coppola also has a story credit. This partnership has yielded some of Anderson’s most beloved films, including The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, so it’s exciting to see them working together again.
In terms of its setting and subject matter, Asteroid City actually shares some similarities with Jordan Peele’s upcoming film, Nope. Both movies take place in a desert setting and explore the theme of aliens and extraterrestrial life. It will be interesting to see how these two films compare once they are released.
But even without the comparisons to Nope, Asteroid City looks like it will be another imaginative and heartfelt addition to Anderson’s oeuvre. With its talented cast, stunning visuals, and intriguing premise, it’s sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
And with Anderson at the helm, audiences can expect nothing less than a cinematic experience that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Asteroid City is set to hit select theaters on June 16, 2023 before a wider release on June 23.
The trailer for Asteroid City, which was unveiled by Focus Features, showcases Anderson’s signature visual style and quirky humor.
Anderson has a reputation for creating visually stunning and whimsical films that are also deeply emotional and thought-provoking. With Asteroid City, he seems to be exploring the theme of extraterrestrial life and the possibility of connection with beings from other worlds.
The film’s desert setting and interest in aliens draw comparisons to Jordan Peele’s upcoming movie Nope, but it’s clear that Anderson is putting his own unique spin on the subject matter. The trailer suggests that Asteroid City will be a touching and poignant exploration of family, connection, and the mysteries of the universe.
Fans of Anderson’s work will undoubtedly be eagerly anticipating the release of Asteroid City. And with such an impressive cast and intriguing premise, it’s sure to draw in new viewers as well. Catch Asteroid City in select theaters on June 16, 2023, and in wider release on June 23, 2023. Watch the trailer above to get a taste of what’s in store.
Director of Multiple Successful Films
Anderson is a filmmaker who is known for his distinctive visual style, quirky humor, and emotionally resonant stories. He has directed a number of beloved films, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Anderson was born in Houston, Texas, in 1969. He grew up in a creative household; his mother was an archaeologist and his father was an advertising executive. Anderson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied philosophy.
Anderson’s film career began in the early 1990s when he co-wrote and directed his first feature, Bottle Rocket. The film, which starred Owen and Luke Wilson, was a critical success but a commercial disappointment.
However, it helped Anderson establish his unique style, which is marked by meticulous attention to detail, symmetrical compositions, and a quirky sense of humor.
Anderson’s next film, Rushmore, was a breakout hit. The film, which starred Jason Schwartzman as a precocious teenager who falls in love with his teacher, earned critical acclaim and established Anderson as a major talent.
He followed it up with The Royal Tenenbaums, a dysfunctional family dramedy that further solidified his reputation as a filmmaker with a distinctive voice.