Johnny Depp is Not in Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’
Way to go, internet! You jumped the gun on this one!
In all fairness, we were among the many sites that reported Johnny Depp being cast in Wes Anderson's upcoming 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' but it turns out that was far from confirmed. Mr. Anderson himself has cleared it all up for us: his film will have a great cast, but it will not include Depp.
It's not like Depp joining the film was that much of a wild rumor. Anderson tends to build flawless ensembles and his dry, quirky humor feels like a perfect match for the man who created Captain Jack Sparrow. If 'Moonrise Kingdom' could include Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, then Johnny Depp joining 'The Grand Budpest Hotel' felt very plausible. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Anderson had this to say:
"No. There's a lot of...You know, the Internet has a way of announcing things on its own. You will find that even though I'm very aware of the cast that has been announced on its own devices, you'll never find me saying who's in the movie. Or, as far as I know, anybody else. I really don't know where it all comes from. In fact, Johnny is somebody who I would love to work with at some point, but he's not going to be in this movie. But I actually have not put the cast out -- I have not announced the cast. We have quite a great cast."
So there you have it: Anderson would love to work with Depp (and for all we know, he talked to him about a role in this film), but it's not happening. At least not yet. However, we do know that Anderson regular Bill Murray and Anderson newcomer Angela Lansbury will be involved, but the rest of his "great cast" has yet to be revealed.
We shall wait quietly and patiently to report on this one, Mr. Anderson. We promise.