‘Asteroid City’: Everything To Know About The Wes Anderson Film – Hollywood Life

‘Asteroid City’: The First Trailer, The Cast & More To Know About Wes Anderson’s New Movie

Welcome to Asteroid City! The trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie travels to an alien-obsessed desert town in 1955. Here's what you need to know about the film.

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  • Asteroid City is an upcoming film directed by Oscar nominee Wes Anderson.
  • Asteroid City stars Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, and more.
  • Asteroid City arrives in theaters on June 23.

Wes Anderson‘s new movie Asteroid City is going to be out of this world! The film is set in 1955 in a small desert town where residents are obsessed with UFOs and aliens. The trailer dropped March 29 and features basically just about every single Hollywood actor. Wes really recruited all the major star power for his 11th feature film. Some of the actors involved include Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, and more!

Asteroid City comes out this summer and it’s definitely going to make its mark on the film industry. HollywoodLife has all the latest updates about the film below!

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Asteroid City (Photo: Focus Features)

Asteroid City Release Date

Asteroid City will premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in May. The following month, the film will debut in select theaters on June 16, before its wide release on June 23. The movie is not expected to be available on streaming when its released in theaters.

Asteroid City Cast & Crew


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Scarlett Johansson in ‘Asteroid City’ (Photo: Focus Features)

Asteroid City features an ensemble cast made up of some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Jason Schwartzman, who has worked with Wes Anderson before, is the lead star in the film. He’s joined by Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, who are also important to the story. The film is set in a fictional town where so many different characters pop up. That opens the door for appearances from the rest of the A-list cast including Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schrieber, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Jeff Goldblum, Fisher Stevens, Rita Wilson, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Jarvis Cocker, Hope Davis, Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend, and Stephen Park.


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Asteroid City (Photo: Focus Features)

Wes Anderson directed Asteroid City, his 11th directorial feature in his career. He’s a 7-time Oscar nominee for his previous works including The Royal TenebaumsFantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs. Wes’s movies feature unique narratives and visuals that are alive and well in Asteroid City.

Wes also wrote the screenplay for Asteroid City and serves as a producer with Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson. The creative team also includes cinematographer Robert Yeoman, editor Barney Pilling, and music composer Alexandre Desplat. They have all worked on Wes Anderson movies before.

Asteroid City Trailer

In the trailer for Asteroid City, Jason Schwartzman’s character is stranded in the town with his four children. He calls his father-in-law, played by Tom Hanks, and asks him to pick them up. Jason’s character bonds in Asteroid City with a gorgeous woman played by Scarlett Johansson. His son, played by Jake Ryan, becomes involved in the town’s Junior Stargazer convention. Asteroid City ends up under quarantine after a UFO seemingly arrives.

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Jason Schwartzman & Tom Hanks in ‘Asteroid City’ (Photo: Focus Features)

“I don’t like the way that guy looked at us, the alien,” Jason’s character says to Scarlett’s through a window. “Like we’re doomed.” He also reveals that he’s a widower, setting the stage for a potential new romance. But that might not sit well with Tom Hanks’ character. “In my loneliness, I have learned to give complete and unquestioning math in the people I love,” he says. “I don’t know if that includes you, but it included my daughter and your four children.”

What Is Asteroid City About?

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Asteroid City (Photo: Focus Features)

The official synopsis for Asteroid City reads, “The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention — organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition — is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.”

The romance between Jason Schwartzman and Scarlett Johansson’s characters is definitely going to be a major storyline in the film. Wes Anderson has stayed pretty quiet about what fans can expect from his new movie, which is par for the course for the famous director. But if there’s one thing we do know, it’s that Wes will certainly include his signature movie themes of grief and family drama in Asteroid City.