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Don’t Worry, Wes Anderson Plans to Work With Owen Wilson Again

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Yes, it’s true: Wes Anderson‘s ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ is the first film from the director to not feature either the writing or acting skills of his longtime friend Owen Wilson. But don’t worry — this is not a permanent situation.

Owen Wilson is as associated with the filmography of Wes Anderson as Robert De Niro is with that of Martin Scorsese or Johnny Depp with Tim Burton (the latter for better or worse). Wilson co-wrote ‘Bottle Rocket,’ ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ while also starring in two of the three (he did a tiny cameo for ‘Rushmore’) plus ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’ He even did a small amount of voice work for Anderson’s stop-motion fable ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox.’

But ‘Moonrise Kingdom’? Nope, Mr. Wilson is not in the building. There is not a trace of his blonde hair, laid-back demeanor or famously crooked nose in the entire film, nor did he pitch in on the screenplay this time. Anderson himself confirmed to the Dallas Morning News, “This is the first movie I’ve made that (Wilson) hasn’t been directly involved with, although he was around as a friend. We started out doing this stuff together in the first place. It’s a family dynamic.”

Anderson didn’t get into why Wilson wasn’t a part of ‘Moonrise,’ which opens in limited release on May 25th, but he did say that his buddy would be back for his next film, which he described vaguely as a “European movie” with a “large ensemble” of characters. Anderson did not specify what kind of role Wilson would have, but the actor has apparently already said he’s ready to go once cameras roll, which presumably will be sometime in 2013.

So take heart, Anderson/Wilson fans: this particular dynamic duo is just taking a break on ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ but they’ll take their act back on the road next time around.

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