Wes Anderson has officially announced the start of filming on his new stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs, along with the massive voice cast.
Anderson announced the start of filming in a video, wherein he also announced his partnership with CrowdRise, through whom he is hosting a raffle with prizes including a set visit and a speaking part in the film.
Proceeds from the raffle go toward the Film Foundation, an organisation founded by co-founded by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and numerous other directors. The Film Foundation's work centres around the preservation, restoration, and release of old movies, something this writer has a lot of support for. Seriously, these guys are doing a lot of good work.
Along with this bevy of announcements, we got a short snippet of animation, giving us a sneak peak at Edward Norton's character. Along with Norton, the cast includes Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johannson, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Kunichi Nomura, Yoko Ono, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, and so on.
Needless to say, this cast is pretty impressive, and given that this writer is down for pretty much anything by Wes Anderson (he cannot stop raving about The Grand Budapest Hotel to anyone within earshot), and that Anderson has the great Fantastic Mr. Fox under his belt, this seems like a film to really look forward to.
Isle of Dogs is currently set for release some time in 2018, but animation being animation, we're likely to be waiting for this for a long time. Watch this space.