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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Has a Plot Now


Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, in turn revealing what the film will involve, beyond the continued test of Bill Murray's capacity for dry delivery.

Screen Daily brings news of the acquisition, which also arrives with a tentative late-2013-to-early-2014 release and this summary of the recently-wrapped production:

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé.

The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

Ralph Fiennes is playing the role of the concierge, while Saoirse Ronan would seem to be the young employee. The rest of the loaded cast has been confirmed to include Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, and Tony Revolori. Though nothing is official, I think I've figured out who will be playing the Anderson's requisite stern matron.

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