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Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” to Focus

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Any time Wes Anderson sets out on a new film, it’s reason to celebrate. Factor in the cast Anderson has assembled for his latest original feature, and we’ve really got something to anticipate.

“Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson’s latest, was just acquired by Focus Features. Anderson will direct from an original screenplay he wrote with Roman Coppola. Filming already has begun on the picture, which, according to a release, is “set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, [and] follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing.”

So who’s joining Anderson on this endeavor? Well, Bill Murray, of course. But the Anderson staple will be joined by such heavy hitters as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl in the film will be played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

“One of the world’s most distinctive filmmakers, Wes crafts witty and emotionally affecting pictures. The stellar cast will bring his and Roman’s fanciful script to life, and audiences will enjoy their trip back in time to this Kingdom,” said Focus CEO James Schamus.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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