Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’ Trailer Is Out of This World: See the Best Shots

The cosmically brilliant trailer for Wes Anderson's 11th feature is, well, pure Wes Anderson. Check out some of the best shots from the just-released first footage here.
(L to R) Fisher Stevens, Jeffrey Wright, Tony Revolori, and Bob Balaban in director Wes Anderson's ASTEROID CITY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Courtesy of Pop. 87 Productions/Focus Features
"Asteroid City"
Courtesy of Pop. 87 Productions/Focus Features

Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” is out of this world.

The first look at the stylized universe behind the fictional city has Wes Anderson fans already desperate for more of the auteur’s signature symmetry and tableaux-inspired shot design. The trailer for the film gives a sneak peek at the lush desert landscapes and beige-toned themes of “Asteroid City,” which filmed in Spain.

The film is set to debut in theaters June 16 from Focus Features before a wide release June 23. This marks the first collaboration between Focus and Anderson since the Oscar-nominated 2012 coming-of-age story “Moonrise Kingdom,” the style of which has set the tone for his movies ever since like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Isle of Dogs,” and last year’s “The French Dispatch” — all distributed by Searchlight.

“Asteroid City” is, of course, shot by Anderson’s trusted cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman, Oscar-nominated for “Grand Budapest” and the visionary behind everything from “The Life Aquatic” to “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score in his sixth collaboration with Anderson. The film is co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. The “Mozart in the Jungle” creator also penned “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Darjeeling Limited” with Anderson and contributed to the story on “French Dispatch” and “Isle of Dogs.”

In classic Wes Anderson fashion, the description for the upcoming film is as quirky, stylistic, and vague as can be. It’s set in 1955 around a Junior Stargazer convention, bringing together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest and recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more. But after a UFO and an alien seemingly arrive on the scene, the U.S. government quarantines the town, putting the Asteroid Day celebrations on hold.

“Asteroid City” stars Anderson newcomers and regulars alike, including Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Maya Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum, Rita Wilson, and Steve Carell. Longtime Anderson collaborators Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, and Adrien Brody also star. “The French Dispatch” returning actors Willem Dafoe, Jeffrey Wright, and Fisher Stevens additionally appear, along with Anderson staple (and screenwriter Coppola’s cousin) Jason Schwartzman.

The ensemble cast is rounded out by Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, and Ethan Lee.

Check out the best shots from the just-released trailer below.

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