After a few years of hiatus, Wes Anderson returns to the big screen with Isle of Dogs which features some of the brightest actors in Hollywood. While doing press rounds for his new movie Chuck, Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber revealed the character he will voice in the upcoming stop-motion animated movie from the maker of Mr. Fantastic Fox.
Anderson’s New Movie
It has been eight years since Anderson made a stop-motion animated movie. His last work was The Grandbudapest Hotel which came out in 2014 which won four Oscars and grossed around $175 million at the global box office.
More recently, he made a viral holiday short movie for H&M titled Come Together. It featured his constant collaborator Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.
In Isle of Dogs, the renowned filmmaker will explore the story of a young boy who goes on a quest to find his missing dog. In the movie, Schreiber will voice the character of a bodyguard dog who ends up on the titular island for lost dogs.
Without divulging key plot details, here is a description of the upcoming movie according to Schreiber (via Collider):
“Wes is just such a remarkable filmmaker and I don’t know how he picks the projects that he does but they’re so well researched visually, so interesting and so compelling and the world of Japanese art out of which has sprung this story of an island of dogs is really really remarkable,” the actor explained. “I play a bodyguard dog who ends up on this island of lost dogs. It’s a terrific ensemble cast and really really wonderful animation. I’m looking forward to it myself.”
There is not much information available about the stop-motion animated movie. Anderson first announced the project late last year. The writer/director stated that it was inspired by legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and it will be shot in England.
He also released a preview of the upcoming movie in the crowdfunding platform called CrowdRise to raise money for Martin Scorsese‘s Film Foundation which aims to preserve and restore film heritage. As a treat, he previewed a really short clip. He offered one fan to hang out on the set and possibly take part in the movie by voicing one of the dogs by making a donation. Watch it here.
Earlier this month, a poster, as well as a release date, were revealed. Isle of Dogs will open on Apr. 20, 2018.
The Star-Studded Cast
Schreiber was not kidding about the “terrific ensemble cast.” As always, among the cast are some of Anderson’s frequent collaborators including Edward Norton who, in the movie, will play the role of Rex. Norton previously appeared in Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom.
Bill Murray, who has been working with Anderson since Rushmore in 1998 also joins the cast of Isle of Dogs in a still-unannounced role. The rest of the cast includes Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Wood, Harvey Keitel, Kunichi Nomura, Mari Natsuki. Koyu Rankin, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Yojiro Noda and Yoko Ono.
Speaking of the massive cast and their dynamic in the movie, Schreiber said that he had a lot of fun recording. Moreover, he appreciated the experience of working with someone who has a “very traditional perspective on how to do characters.
This is not the first time that Schreiber will lend his voice to an animated character. The 49-year-old will also be heard as The Storm King in My Little Pony: The Movie due to be released on Oct. 6.
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