We’ve known for a while now that Wes Anderson’s next film will be an animation about dogs, but today we got a formal announcement of it along with some interesting cast news (Yoko Ono!).
“I’m here today to officially announce the start of my new film which is called Isle of Dogs,” The Grand Budapest Hotel director said in a brief vlog featuring Edward Norton. “It’s an animated movie and we’re shooting it in England.”
The title is clearly a play on the Isle of Dogs in the East End of London, though it remains to be seen whether the movie is set here, or just imagines an entirely new isle populated by doggos.
Here's a very early stages clip of Norton's character Rex:
As for the cast he listed an incredible collection of actors:
Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johannson, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton.
Finally, Wes discussed a competition in partnership with The Film Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the planet’s shared movie heritage.
“We’re giving away I think some pretty nice prizes, the top one being an invitation to come visit us on our set where we’ll continue to be filming our story and even an opportunity to do a voice of, probably another dog, in the movie.”
Being in a Wes Anderson film is a “pretty nice” prize indeed, follow Crowdrise for more info on it.