We still know little about the plot of Wes Anderson’s next film The Grand Budapest Hotel, but we do know it’s going to have a great cast. The latest actress to join the project is Saoirse Ronan, who is reportedly going to be taking a leading role in the flick.
The news comes from Variety, although of course the outlet doesn’t know who Ronan will play. She’ll star opposite Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes, who’s playing the “perfectly composed” Grand Budapest Hotel concierge, M. Gustave. Also in the film are Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody.
Anderson hasn’t said what The Grand Budapest Hotel will be about, but he has admitted it’s set in 1920s Hungary and, according to Variety, is “partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch.”
“Yes, like To Be or Not to Be, the Lubitsch with Carole Lombard, that Europe which is not made in Europe at all. Or Shop Around the Corner. Or did you ever see Love Me Tonight, the one Rouben Mamoulian made with Maurice Chevalier?” Anderson teased to the Los Angeles Times (via /Film). “I’m not a big musical fan, but it’s a wonderful one. So I think we’ve got a little bit of that feel, that Europe on the Hollywood back lot, even though we’re actually going to Europe to do it. It’s got some of that kind of thing in it. The Lubitsch ones are always good to aim for.”
Ronan is an interesting choice for a lead. Anderson went the child actor route in Moonrise Kingdom and used his ensemble of adult actors to flesh out the main story. It could be that the great response to that caused him to include a teen star in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Regardless of the reason, Ronan has proved time and again that she’s a force to be reckoned with thanks to roles in films like Atonement, Hanna and The Lovely Bones.