For the follow-up to his acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson is slowing things down. We’re talking one-frame-at-a-time kind of slow. His next film is said to be a stop-motion animation film featuring dogs as the main characters. Though details are slim on the project, one voice actor has let slip his involvement, as well as that of a few other cast members.
During Jeff Goldblum’s weekly jazz residency in Los Angeles (true story), The Grand Budapest and Life Aquatic With Zissou star was asked when he was next teaming with Anderson. Goldblum answered by revealing that he, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, and Bryan Cranston will all provide voices for the untitled stop-motion dog feature (via Nerdist). Like Goldblum, Norton and Balaban are frequent collaborators of Anderson’s, having both appeared in Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest. Cranston, however, is a new addition to the Wes Anderson troupe.
Interestingly, a Page Six report placed Anderson, Norton, and Cranston at dinner with Bill Murray recently, adding credence to the casting announcement and to speculation that Murray will also be involved.
In addition to most of the actors, Anderson has worked with stop-motion before on 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. So while the technique isn’t unfamiliar, the choice of characters might be. Many of Anderson’s films involve the harm or death of a dog in various ways, such as the one run over by a car in The Royal Tenenbaums or the one shot by an arrow in Moonrise Kingdom. Goldblum himself even partakes in the anti-canine activity, smacking the three legged pooch in Life Aquatic. If Anderson’s next film really is centered on dogs, don’t expect all the characters to make it out alive.