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Alexandre Desplat and Wes Anderson

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Wes Anderson’s latest Indian Paintbrush film Asteroid City with an all-star ensemble including Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hanks.

Universal Pictures International will distribute outside North America. Screen understands it is too soon for Focus to talk about the timing of release and awards plans. 

Based on a story by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Asteroid City is described as a poetic meditation on the meaning of life and takes place in a fictional American desert town around 1955 that hosts a Junior Stargazer convention.

The cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe and Margot Robbie, among others.

Anderson and longtime collaborators Steven Rales, founder of Indian Paintbrush, and Jeremy Dawson served as producers.

The writer-director and Indian Paintbrush last collaborated with Focus on 2012 release Moonrise Kingdom. Focus chairman Peter Kujawski called Anderson “a generational talent whose films delight audiences around the world”.

The French Dispatch, Anderson’s most recent film, premiered in Cannes last year and earned three Bafta nominations including one for best score. He is pictured with the film’s composer Alexandre Desplat.