Wes Anderson is doling out some key information about his next, canine-themed film. Though we had previously learned that it was going to be a stop-motion project about dogs starring the likes of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, and (who else?) Bill Murray, now we have an official title and an extended cast list. In a video coming to us via Indiewire, Anderson himself dryly reveals that it will be called Isle Of Dogs and feature the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, and many more. He also debuts a very quick clip of Norton’s character, Rex, a confused-looking dude. Much to Norton’s dismay, Rex has no dialogue in the footage.
One of the purposes of the video is to announce a contest fundraiser for The Film Foundation. The prizes for donating include a chance to visit the set. Perhaps there you’ll run into one or more of the performers Anderson has assembled. In addition to the previously mentioned actors, Isle Of Dogs will involve Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, and Liev Schreiber.
Dogs tend to meet fairly gruesome ends in Wes Anderson films, so we’re a bit concerned about the fate of these pooches. However, maybe the movie will be Anderson’s mea culpa for all the fictional pups he’s harmed. We’ll have to wait patiently for answers as the film has just started shooting in England.