Monday, July 22, 2024

Wes Anderson Begins Casting 8th Movie


Wes Anderson–riding on a high with “Moonrise Kingdom”–is casting his 8th movie. A website called says offers have gone out to and eclectic crowd that includes Bill Murray, naturally, and Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson,  Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. Yes, Angela Lansbury. Who knows how much of this is true? But one thing’s for certain. They’re looking this week for a “young Arab/Middle Eastern male aged 16-21 who is intelligent, charming, and lively. No Experience needed.” That’s from the casting sheet. “Moonrise” has been a hit for Focus, so we can pretty much assume they’ll be back in the game on this one, too.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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