Wes Anderson films are notorious for relying upon an elite club of actors, and Johnny Depp is about to join them: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Depp has been cast in Anderson’s next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
He may be joined by Anderson’s regulars, which include Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and the actor without whom no Wes Anderson film is complete — Bill Murray — though the rest of the casting hasn’t been set. The film will be Anderson’s first time shooting in Europe, but no other details about plot or Depp’s character have been released.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” will go into production soon, and if you’re feeling a bit of deja vu, you aren’t the only one: It will be Anderson’s second hotel-titled film. Anderson’s film “The Darjeeling Limited,” another travelogue, came with a short called “Hotel Chevalier,” starring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman as lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel.
It seems like a good move for Depp, and one that will allow him to get some of his hipster cred back. In recent years, he has become a human cartoon character in his popular roles as Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter — which, when you think about it, are all sort of the same character, but with different hats. Working with Anderson could bring back the Depp of yesteryear, who did films that did not come with promotional Happy Meal toys.