‘Asteroid City’ Trailer: Wes Anderson’s Latest Boasts Aliens, Unexplained Phenomena, And An All-Star Cast

Wes Anderson is working at a faster pace than ever in his career. It seems that his time in France has been energizing for him, while also inspiring him to set his last three films, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, and The French Dispatch, on international terrain. But with Asteroid City, Anderson tells a purely American story, circa a fictional desert town of the 1950s.

Working once again with co-writer Roman Coppola, Anderson’s period piece Asteroid City follows calamitous events affecting attendees at a science event for students.

The cast Anderson has assembled some new faces, but also the expected group of regular all-stars. Jason Schwartzmann, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Tony Revolori, Edward Norton, Jeffrey Wright, and Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Fisher Stevens, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Sophia Lillis, and Jake Ryan comprise the amazing ensemble.

Based on this new trailer, it sorta looks like a cross between Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore, which I think are Anderson’s two best live-action films. Color me excited for this one.

Asteroid City opens in theaters on June 16th, then goes nationwide a week later.

The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.

Travis Hopson
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