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Update: Angela Lansbury out of Wes Anderson's next film
Posted by Will42 2012-07-09 16:21:36


FINAL UPDATE: I guess it sounded too good to be true. Due to the fact that filming has been pushed back for a month from December to mid-January Angela Lansbury had to drop out, since she’ll be starring in the stage production of Driving Miss Daisy, which opens on February, 5.
Such a bummer.
On a bright side Ralph Fiennes is joining the cast, most likely as a replacement for Johnny Depp.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ralph-fiennes-makes-a-reservation-at-wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-20121009

Update: Angela Lansbury Confirmed For Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

It seems what Wes Anderson wants, Wes Anderson gets. Earlier this summer, with "Moonrise Kingdom" doing solid business in theaters, the writer/director started putting the pieces together for his next film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," eyeing Johnny Deep, Jude Law and Angela Lansbury as potential players alongside his usual roster of actors such as Bill Murray, who recently confirmed he'll be taking part. Depp and Law are both on board, and another wish is coming true for Anderson.
Bona fide legend and the always excellent Angela Lansbury has revealed she too will be featuring in the film. “I’m playing woman of mystery, it’s minuscule role. I’m on the screen probably for less than 5 minutes,” the "Murder, She Wrote" star told U.K. magazine The Gentlewoman (via The Film Stage).

Details are still under wraps about the movie, the only information at the moment being that it's a Euro-based tale (as shooting in Germany and the title would suggest), with one character being a psychic medium. But Depp + Law + Murray + Lansbury? Damn, Anderson could stop there and we'd be ready to buy a ticket. "Moonrise Kingdom" team Scott Rudin and American Paintbrush are behind this one as well. Could we see back-to-back movies from Anderson? Fingers crossed.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/angela-lansbury-confirmed-for-wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-20120925

Previous information (JULY 9, 2012):

Ms. Lansbury have been saying many times that she wants to play one great film role and looks like it's finally happening. I'm beyond excited and really hope she accept the part and everything works out well. The Best Man, Anastasia workshop, Driving Miss Daisy Australian Tour, potential new film with a great cast and director... 87 years old, who?

Wes Anderson Seeking Out Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury & More For His Next Movie

"Moonrise Kingdom" not only earned Wes Anderson some of the best reviews in years, but has also done extremely well in limited release, where it's pulled in $37 million worldwide thus far and has been cracking the top ten domestically, even though it's in less than 900 theaters. And it seems he's very eager to get back behind the cameras.
Twitch reports that the director is approaching an exciting list of names to appear in his currently untitled ensemble movie, with phone calls being made to Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Angela Lansbury as well as previous collaborators Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe. The director hasn't been shy in talking up the new movie, revealing through the press rounds for "Moonrise Kingdom" a few things including: the script is done and it will be Euro based movie; it will reunite him with Owen Wilson (which seems to be a mere formality at this point); and one character will be a personal medium. That's all that's known for now, but he's certainly aiming high for the cast. Also? Angela Fucking Lansbury. Awesome.

It's too early to say when this will shoot as it will likely depend on all the usual factors -- financing/casting/scheduling -- but he won't be sitting. This fall, Peter Bogdanovich's "Squirrel To The Nuts" will go in front of cameras with Anderson and Noam Baumbach producing. But if you were worried that might get in the way or delay work on Anderson's next feature, you can put those fears aside.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/wes-anderson-seeking-out-johnny-depp-jude-law-willem-dafoe-angela-lansbury-more-for-his-next-movie-20120709#




From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by BwayEqs 2012-07-09 16:22:44


She already has played a great film role. Mrs. Price in Bednobs and Broomsticks.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Wynbish 2012-07-09 16:23:38


Love Wes Anderson! I think she would fit right in with his style.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Musicaldudepeter 2012-07-09 16:29:47


I have a feeling she wants to win her Oscar. Not saying that's why she's doing this, it's probably a good project, but she really deserves to win. She should've won years ago, but it never happened

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-09 16:33:21


She has played many great film roles during her career, but she meant post-Murder, She Wrote.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-07-09 16:39:48


Wes Anderson has made more crap movies than the next 10 super indulgent directors put together. The idea that he would somehow fulfill Lansbury's Hollywood dreams would be laughable if it wasn't so flat out offensive.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-09 16:40:28


At this point I'll just take new film role, but of course it would be fantastic if this film would lead to some awards buzz. She so should have won on her 3rd Oscar nomination in 1962. Her turn in The Manchurian Candidate is among one of the greatest film performances ever.
If everything works well, it will only be her 3rd film role in 27 years.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Wynbish 2012-07-09 16:47:11


Is it bad that I thought she was so cute in Nanny McPhee?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-07-09 16:47:42


Has anyone ever won an Oscar for their permanence in a Wes Anderson "film"?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Kad 2012-07-09 16:50:13


Are his films not actually films, Joe?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-07-09 16:57:09


I was "channeling" the late great Patrick Dennis and his whimsical use of quotes.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by TalkinLoud 2012-07-09 17:05:29


I'm not the biggest Wes Anderson fan (though I like him way more than JoeKv here does apparently!), but this would be awesome news.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-07-09 17:09:57


I'm with Joe--although I think it would be great to see her in anything on the silver screen. I only like Wes' movies when he's ripping off Salinger.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-09 17:12:04


That makes two of us. I love that little film and she was great in it (as the rest of the cast).
Can't say the same about Mr. Poppers Penguins, unfortunately. Not that it was bad, but I feel like I would have appreciated it a lot more if I was about 4 years old.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Overkill 2012-07-09 17:13:44


I LOVE Wes Anderson, The Darjeeling Limited is one of my favorite movies, so this is indeed excellent news! I hope he writes a really great part for her. No, this is not what she'll win an Oscar for, but this is still a really great thing.

On a side note, I always wanted to see what Wes would do with a film adaptation of COMPANY...

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Mister Matt 2012-07-09 17:21:31


Moonirise Kingdom looks to be the only Wes Anderson film I may enjoy since Rushmore. Hope he uses Angela Lansbury wisely.

He never makes a movie or a picture or a flick, he makes a "film", get it? A "film".

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Kad 2012-07-09 17:33:25


I was waiting for someone to make that reference, Matt.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Auggie27 2012-07-09 18:48:20


MOONRISE is a distinctive charmer and I very much enjoyed it. But if I were choosing a director for Ms. Lansbury, and nobody asked me, I'd go in a different direction. Lansbury coveted the Judy Dench role in NOTES ON A SCANDAL, said she would've killed for it, and that's frankly the type of part I'd like to see her in. Something with grit and devoid of Anderson's touch of whimsy.

I'd like to see her in something like, say, the Geraldine Page role in Allen's INTERIORS. She's be brilliant. But a cute old lady maybe with too many pets, eccentric digs and Madwoman eye makeup, no.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by blaxx 2012-07-09 19:41:48


I was hoping for Wes Craven

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-07-09 20:16:00


I was also thinking The Woodman could write her something juicy, how many woman have been nominated or won for an Allen Flick?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Auggie27 2012-07-09 21:11:58


Really, Woody Allen should write her a role, if not like Page's, comparable to the one Maureen O'Sullivan played in HANNAH. She'd take the smallest gem and make it memorable. (O'Sullivan was adequate, surrounded by some great work, but edited well so it didn't matter.) If he still wrote stories about New Yorkers, instead of Europeans, he could write a great tale of an upper west sider for Lansbury.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by HorseTears 2012-07-10 02:29:01


This is lovely news. Hope it works out. And, yes, I agree with the last couple of posts, a Woody Allen role would be great.

Was Angela up for Notes on a Scandal? That movie was so ridiculous, but I bet she would have made the most of that part. She'd probably still be digesting the scenery.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Jay94 2012-07-10 03:05:39


I would love it if this is the role she's been waiting for, she has publicly spoken about wanting one last great film role.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-10 13:08:38


Come to think of it, I'm kinda surprised Allen has never worked with her. Especially in the 70's and 80's.
As for Notes on a Scandal, she was never considered for the part, but she said that that's the kind of role she would love to play (I believe it was on a View a couple of years ago).

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by henrikegerman 2012-07-10 13:29:18


Hasn't she said "one MORE great film role." If not, one may well ask why she wouldn't regard Eleanor Shaw Iselin in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE as one of the great film roles of hers or any career?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-10 13:54:18


Indeed, it was 'one more great film role'.
Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, The Long, Hot Summer, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, All Fall Down, The World of Henry Orient, Something for Everyone, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and most notably The Manchurian Candidate were all great achievements.



From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by henrikegerman 2012-07-11 07:21:00


I always get into arguments about how old the character is supposed to be, but the great late career role I wanted for Lansbury would have been Violet Weston.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-07-11 18:13:57


Will said:

"Indeed, it was 'one more great film role'.
Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

That reminds me, why the f isn't Dark at the Top of the Stairs on DVD yet--surely it could at least be released as one of those DVD on demand releases.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-07-17 03:45:27


Well, Depp is officially on board, hopefully Ms. Lansbury agrees to join as well:

Johnny Depp to Star in Wes Anderson's Next Film

The project comes from Indian Paintbrush, which will produce and finance.

Johnny Depp will team with the iconic Wes Anderson for his next project.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Lone Ranger actor will star in Andersons next film, which he wrote and will direct, and is being produced and financed by Indian Paintbrush. No details regarding the films plot or Depps character have been revealed yet, but the project is said to be titled The Grand Budapest Hotel and will mark the filmmakers first time shooting in Europe.

Fans at Comic-Con were wowed last weekend during the Disney Panel, where footage of Depp in The Lone Ranger was screened for a packed Hall H. As for Anderson, his Moonrise Kingdom premiered to rave reviews at Cannes earlier this year. With a wide release on June 29, Moonrise Kingdom has thus far grossed an impressive $44.7 million at the worldwide box office.

While Depp is the first to sign on for Budapest, Anderson is said to be courting Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury for the film, as well.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/johnny-depp-wes-anderson-next-film-349863

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-09-25 15:11:34



Bump for an update.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-09-26 08:47:07



Lansbury also says her role is "minuscule" and "less than five minutes."

"Woman of mystery" sounds juicy, but it's probably not that one more great film role she's pining for.

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/bill-murray-and-angela-lansbury-join-johnny-depp-in/287329

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Posted by Kad 2012-09-26 10:51:31


It may not be a "great" film role, but generally cameos in Wes Anderson films are really, really memorable and fun.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by tazber 2012-09-26 10:53:43


Just about the most exciting news I've heard all week. Love Anderson, love Lansbury.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-09-26 11:29:25


How long was JDench in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-09-26 12:11:25



8 minutes, I think?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Kad 2012-09-26 13:17:12


Beatrice Straight won an Oscar for her just under 6 minutes of screentime in Network.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-09-26 14:09:08


Of course it too bad that the role is just a cameo and it certainly won't win her an Oscar or even bring 4th nomination, but I'm so glad she'll be in another film and not just any film, but Wes freaking Anderson's film. Can't wait.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-09-26 14:10:31



Hey, it ain't impossible!

I'm just saying, I'd be surprised if it ends up being that sort of thing.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-09-26 14:45:52


It's obviously too early to tell, but if the film does well I can't imagine Margo Martindale failing to winning for August: Osage County next year.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-09-29 17:48:49


Sadly, according to Wes Anderson, Depp is no longer attached to the project: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/29/johnny-depp-grand-budapest-hotel-wes-anderson_n_1925444.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-10-10 03:44:29


Disappointing news: Angela Lansbury is no longer in the cast: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ralph-fiennes-makes-a-reservation-at-wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-20121009

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by emo_geek 2012-10-10 04:35:59


Such a bummer :-/

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by henrikegerman 2012-10-10 09:04:24


From the earlier reports this was going to be a very small role so perhaps it was not going to be the great role Lansbury longed for anyway.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-10-10 09:37:08


Still, it's better than nothing. Plus working with Wes Anderson hasn't hurt anybody.

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Posted by JoeKv99 2012-10-10 10:44:51


True, it's watching the results that are excruciating.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by StageManager2 2012-10-10 15:29:32


JoeKv99 eats old people's excrement.

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Posted by Wilmingtom 2012-10-10 17:49:27


Why is everyone bailing from this picture? Script problems?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2012-10-11 02:17:15


I’m sure that the script is great and the film will be a big success. Ms. Lansbury had to withdraw because the filming was pushed back for month from December to mid-January. She can’t do it so late, since the Australian production of Driving Miss Daisy starts on February, 5.
Depp also dropped out because of the timing.

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Posted by Will42 2013-01-17 04:21:35


The filming has already began in Berlin, but what is interesting that they didn’t replace Ms. Lansbury with some other legendary 70+ actress, but rather with the super-awesome Tilda Swinton, who has already worked with Anderson in Moonrise Kingdom.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by CHOOKA2 2013-01-17 04:50:31


I know you shouldn't tamper with perfection--but would Harold and Maud fit in there somewhere for Ms Lansbury?
Just saying,and ever thought of with music?

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by JoeKv99 2013-01-17 10:42:41


Thank god for bumps! I had missed Stage Manager's jab back in October- I read it just now and almost choked on Elaine Stritch's poop!

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Phyllis Rogers Stone 2013-01-17 11:20:36


Look, I love Angela Lansbury and I don't mean this as a judgement on her, but maybe this experience will teach her that no good comes from sleeping with her directors.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-17 11:23:24


If that's true, she wouldnt be starring in David Fincher's next ALIEN movie.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Will42 2013-01-17 13:21:19


I think you're confusing Ms. Lansbury with Dame Judi Dench. Now, that's a slut!
She even has Harvey Weinstein's name tattooed on my bum.
Google it if you don't believe me.

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Posted by Phyllis Rogers Stone 2013-01-17 13:23:50


All of those old broads were known for putting out pretty easily if a juicy role was at stake.

From the best news ever department: Wes Anderson wants Angela Lansbury for his next movie
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-17 13:36:32


Exactly. It's pretty well known that Shirley Temple gave the best auditions "after business hours".

There's a reason they serve Shirley Temple's with a cherry, if you know what I mean.