Get Your First Look at Wes Anderson’s ’Isle of Dogs’ (And Maybe Land a Role, Too)
Wes Anderson popped back up last month with a charming holiday-appropriate commercial for H&M, his first new work since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was neat, but a pale substitute for a new feature. Fortunately, Anderson fans (or, as we’re more commonly called, Wes Fan-dersons) can take solace that his next major effort is well on its way: Anderson resurfaced today with a three-minute video in which he introduces the cast and first snippet of footage from his upcoming Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion animated project that returns to the talking-animal precocity of Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The stacked cast list includes plenty of Anderson regulars as well as a handful of newcomers from parts East; Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono will all provide vocal work for the film, with Japanese actors Kunichi Nomura, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama and Koyu Rankin joining the ensemble as well. And look at that, who pops out from behind a wall in the perfectly composed deep-focus shot but Collateral Beauty star Edward Norton, a little stung that he’s not included on the cast list that rolls over the screen. (It’s a small testament to Anderson’s distinction as a visual stylist that a single image of his head framed by dramatic straight lines still scans as so him.)
Anderson also takes a moment in the video to spread the good word of the Film Foundation, an organization founded by Martin Scorsese and dedicated to the preservation and careful exhibition of rare or thought-lost films. Every $10 donation to the Film Foundation via Wes Anderson’s Crowdrise fundraising page counts as an entry to win a set visit to the production in England as well as the opportunity to voice one of the pooches that appears in the film. Chance to meet F. Murray Abraham or no, Christmas is the season of giving, and this is a tempting reward for a good cause.