Bruce WillisWes Anderson is one of the reigning kings of quirk, but he's also the man who brings together delicious casts. After the friend-filled production of 'Bottle Rocket,' Bill Murray entered the world-o-Wes and never looked back. 'Rushmore' also featured the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Brian Cox. 'The Royal Tenenbaums' mixed the likes of Huston, Paltrow, Stiller, Wilsons, Glover, Baldwin and of course, Hackman. 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' offered up mainstays like Huston and Murray with Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum. 'The Darjeeling Limited' added Adrien Brody to the killer mix, 'Hotel Chevalier' added Natalie Portman and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' offered up charismatic stars like George Clooney and acting biggies like Meryl Streep. Basically, awesome actor overdrive.

And now the filmmaker is creating his team for the upcoming 'Moon Rise Kingdom,' and he's pulling together -- no surprise -- one gleaming roster.

reports that Bill Murray is (of course) leading the charge with an awesome collection of actors currently in talks: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

Written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, the film will be a sixties-set story about two kids who fall in love and run away. Obviously, none of the above players are the kids. Rather, after the lovers flee, the leaders of their New England hometown stick with the idea that they've disappeared instead, and try to search for them. Should everyone sign on the dotted line: Norton gets to play a scout leader who brings his scouts on the search, Willis is the town sheriff who is having an affair with the missing girl's mom (McDormand) and leading his own searches, and Murray will play the girl's father. That leaves Swinton, without a role mentioned -- perhaps she's the mother of the boy?

Whatever the case, it's always great to see Murray have fun in quirky fare, especially in Anderson's worlds, and it's high time McDormand joined the fold, not to mention the opportunity to see Willis play a --slightly-- more realistic man again. The film will head into production late Spring 2011.
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