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Focus Features to Distribute Wes Anderson Movie ‘Asteroid City’

Focus Features announced that they will distribute Wes Anderson‘s latest movie, Asteroid City. Anderson also wrote the script based on a story he co-wrote with Roman Coppola, and the movie will mark the first time the director has worked with Focus Features since the release of Moonrise Kingdom in 2012.

The film contains a star-studded cast, with Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray (though it’s questionable whether he’s still involved or not), Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, Ethan Lee, Jeff Goldblum, and Rita Wilson among many other stars in the project.

Its plot synopsis reads “ASTEROID CITY is a poetic meditation on the meaning of life. It 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.”

In a statement through a press release, Focus Features’ chairman Peter Kujawsky said that the studio is “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.”

Source: Focus Features (press release)

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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