Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
In early May, Focus Features bought distribution rights to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and issued an announcement of the full cast along with a plot description.
Or: almost the full cast. One actor who has been rumored for the film for some time is Harvey Keitel, but he was not among the announced cast list. Now he has been confirmed as being part of the movie. Along with that news, we’ve got the first images of some of the film’s sets, and of Edward Norton in costume (above) as a boy scout leader and Bill Murray being Bill Murray. That’s all after the break.
The cast as we’ve known it includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The Film Stage confirms via three sources (Go Local, Providence Journal, and Middletown Patch) that Harvey Keitel has been on set as well, and plays a part in the movie. The site also dug up a handful of images, which you can see in the gallery below:
Here’s the plot of the ’60s-set film:
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents; the cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl are played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
There is also word now of a possible summer 2012 release for the movie, though that should definitely be considered rumor until we get any official word from Focus. That isn’t likely to come down any time soon, as Moonrise Kingdom will continue to shoot through the rest of the summer. Once there is more work done on the picture, we might start to hear something about a release pattern.