WWes Anderson is on a roll, and moving faster than he ever has before. Following 2021’s The French Dispatch, he’s already shot his Netflix film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and not only that, but Focus Features has announced the date for his next big screen feature, Asteroid City. The wait won’t be long.
Focus has revealed that Asteroid City will get a limited theatrical release on June 16th 2023, with a wide rollout on June 23rd.
A host of Anderson favorites and some he’s never directed before have come together for what looks to be his largest ensemble ever. Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, and Margot Robbie lead the cast, joined by Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Willem Dafoe, Tony Revolori, and Jeff Goldblum. But there are lots of new names and faces new to Anderson’s troupe of actors as well, including Steve Carell, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Maya Hawke, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, Ethan Lee, and Rita Wilson.
The story takes place at a fictional desert town in 1955, when students and parents from around the country gather for a Junior Stargazer convention.
Sounds potentially weird and idiosyncratic in the way people dig their Anderson movies. If you’re a fan, time to mark your calendars!