Wes Anderson’s follow-up destination this year’s visit to Moonrise Kingdom will be a star-studded stay at The Grand Budapest Hotel. The newest addition to the growing nebula of Anderson’s cast is Oscar-Nominee Saoirse Ronan as the female lead. Ronan joins the veterans of the quirky school of Wes, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, as well as fellow rookies eager to collaborate with the auteur, Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.
The period piece set in 1927 in the Hungarian hotel for which the film is titled, is slated to start filming in Germany next year for release in 2014. Plot details are scarce as of now, but IMDb currently lists the synopsis as, “The troubles and tribulations of Mr. Gustave, who serves as the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge.” It’s also reported that Anderson will follow in the style of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner).
Ronan’s versatility makes her an intriguing choice for this role and it’ll be interesting to see if she becomes a mainstay in future Andersonian endeavors. In the meantime, her next project is The Host, to be released March 29, 2013.