You heard about all the actors joining Wes Anderson’s European period piece The Grand Budapest Hotel, yes? (No? Fine, you asked for it: Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham. Like we said — all the actors.) Now Budapest has been picked up by Fox Searchlight and may see a release by the year’s end. Along with the news comes a basic plot synopsis: “The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.” Not as much like Hotel Transylvania as we would’ve guessed, but that’s okay.
Wes Anderson. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/2011 Getty Images