Saoirse Ronan Will Stay in Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
We don't really know too much about Wes Anderson's follow up to the delightful Moonrise Kingdom yet. We know The Grand Budapest Hotel is a period piece set at a Hungarian hotel in the late 1920s, but that's about the extent of our knowledge at this point. Even the casting has been a somewhat shaky process, with Johnny Depp joining and then bailing, and Angela Lansbury having to pull out due to stage commitments. Bill Murray, Jude Law, and Jason Schwartzman are on board, and now Variety reports that we can add another name to the cast as Hanna star Saoirse Ronan has signed on to play the female lead. Read on!
Anderson has said this movie is inspired by the lighthearted work of famed directors Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernst Lubitsch (who directed The Shop Around the Corner, which was later remade as You've Got Mail). Most of Anderson's work is pretty lighthearted, so this shouldn't be too big of a stretch for him stylistically. He's keeping things close to the vest with this one, and though names like Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson have been rumored to be checking into the hotel, we're still waiting on some solid confirmation. Ronan has been almost exclusively in serious films up until this point, so we're also looking forward to seeing what she can do when she loosens up a little.