Today is a big day for director Wes Anderson as his upcoming movie Moonrise Kingdom not only released a new poster, but also announced that the movie bigwigs down at Cannes have decided his movie will kick off this year’s proceedings.
Empire Magazine exclusively revealed a copy of the film’s poster, shown below, while the big Cannes news came a little later on.
Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, announced today that Anderson’s movie would be opening this year’s ceremony on May 16th.
“Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema,” says Fremaux, “to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom, which once again is a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve. Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive filmmaker.”
Anderson’s movie will be the second American movie to open the festival in as many years, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris doing the honors at last year’s ceremony.
Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-old lovers who run away together, only to find their eloping somewhat overshadowed by an oncoming storm. The poster shows the two lead characters, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), and surprisingly does not show the rest of the surprisingly star-studded cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.
Anderson fans will be pleased to hear that Bill Murray, whom Anderson worked with on one of his most notorious movies Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in 2004, is onboard as well.
Moonrise Kingdom will be out in the UK on May 25th.