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Wes Anderson's Next Film Is a 'Poetic Meditation' Called Asteroid City

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Famed director Wes Anderson is bringing a film of “poetic meditation on the meaning of life” to screens called Asteroid City. The film partners Anderson as director with Focus Features, who he last collaborated with for Moonrise Kingdom in 2012.

Asteroid City is written by both Anderson and his Moonrise Kingdom co-writer Roman Coppola. The film tells the story of a fictional American desert town circa 1955 and its Junior Stargazer convention, which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest/recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more.

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“We are beyond thrilled to be the global home for Asteroid City, bringing Focus back in business with Wes and his producing partners. Wes is a generational talent whose films delight audiences around the world; and we’re sure that the combination of his incredibly emotional story and vision combined with the insanely talented group of actors he has assembled, will mean that Asteroid City will be no different,” said Peter Kujawski, Chairman of Focus Features.

In true Anderson fashion, the film features a cast of well known names. The star studded cast includes Margot Robbie, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, and many others.

Earlier this year, Netflix revealed Anderson was lending his directorial talents to The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, based on a tale from Roald Dahl. Previously, Anderson had directed the stop motion film adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox, another Dahl story. Most recently Anderson directed The French Dispatch which we called “a whimsical homage to The New Yorker in one of his most richly detailed and thoughtful movies.”


Casey is a freelance writer for IGN. You can usually find him talking about JRPGs on Twitter at @caseydavidmt.

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