Stars including Jason Schwartzmann, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Bruce Willis to join new film Moonrise Kingdom
Jason Schwartzmann, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Bruce Willis will join a stellar cast for Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, according to reports in the US.
News of Anderson's follow-up to Fantastic Mr Fox first emerged in November. Now a small casting agency based in Rhode Island, where the movie will be shot, has confirmed the cast list. Schwartmann and Murray are old hands as far as Anderson is concerned, while Swinton and Willis will make their debuts for the film-maker. Ed Norton and Frances McDormand are also joining the production.
Moonrise Kingdom is a 60-set tale which revolves around two young lovers who take off from their New England hometown causing friends and family to embark on a search for them. Willis, according to previous reports, will play the town sheriff, who's also having an affair with the missing girl's mother (a role pencilled for McDormand), while Norton has his eye on the part of a scout master. Murray will play the girl's father, described as having his own issues.
Anderson has written the screenplay along with regular collaborator Roman Coppola. Moonrise Kingdom will shoot on Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, and in "numerous locations around the state" in late spring. The area has been a favoured location for Hollywood in recent years due to a generous tax relief program for film-makers, but Anderson's movie could be one of the last to benefit. Governor Lincoln Chafee is currently proposing to end the tax-credit scheme on 1 July.