‘Asteroid City’ Clips: Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, & Jason Schwartzman Are Stuck In Wes Anderson’s Desert Town

Wes Anderson fans, your two-year-long draught since The French Dispatch is nearly over. Anderson is back with Asteroid City, a sci-fi story set in a small desert town in 1955 when students and parents gather for a Junior Stargazer competition. The event is being held on Asteroid Day, which commemorates the day an asteroid struck the town thousands of years earlier. The people find themselves quarantined together as the threat of possible alien invasion looms.

As that plotline suggests, the story Anderson is telling will feature a large ensemble of old favorites and actors he’s never worked with before, such as Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, 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, and Jeff Goldblum.

The film is set to have its world premiere at Cannes this week, and the first three clips have dropped ahead of it. Of course, they’re all stylized a bit oddly in that Anderson sort of way, utilizing deeply saturated color schemes that make everything look like the aftermath of a nuke.

If you want to watch big stars like Hanks, Johansson, and Schwartzmann chat about extraterrestrials, death-rays, and such, this is for you.

Asteroid City opens in theaters on June 16th.








Travis Hopson
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