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Wes Anderson Eyes Ed Norton, Johnny Depp and More for Latest Untitled Project

Wes Anderson + Ed Norton + Johnny Depp
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Wes Anderson‘s ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ is still in theaters, but the director is already back to work on his latest movie, an untitled European film project, and he’s eyeing some pretty spectacular names to join the cast.

Twitch reports that Anderson is looking at “Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury.” It’s already been widely reported that the project had a part written specifically for Wilson and that the actor had signed on, but maybe that’s not the case? Given the history between the two (Wilson has co-written with Anderson and starred in several of his films), it seems like a given.

But how about those other names? Let’s break it down.

Murray is another Anderson regular and loves working with the director, so that’s a big no-brainer. Dafoe starred in ‘The Life Aquatic,’ Brody starred in ‘The Darjeeling Limited,’ and both actors lent their vocal talents to ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ So again, they seem easy to recruit. Goldblum had a small part in ‘The Life Aquatic,’ and Edward Norton starred in ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ — Goldblum’s quirks mesh well with Anderson’s world, and Norton’s genteel nature was a pleasantly surprising and natural match for Anderson as well.

We’re more interested though in newbies like Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Angela Lansbury. Depp’s attraction to the eccentric over the last decade tells us he might do well in an Anderson film, but we’re wary after years of being underwhelmed by his work with Tim Burton, which erred on the side of too quirky. Maybe Anderson can reel him in a bit?

Lansbury, star of the classic TV mystery ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ is an interesting and totally unexpected choice. Jude Law is also unexpected, but we’re intrigued and could see his British charms blending well with other Anderson mainstays.

We’ll keep you posted as news develops, but this wish list of a cast is delightfully ambitious enough to stir up our excitement already.

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