Bringing an end to months of heated speculation, Wes Anderson has confirmed his new stop-motion animation to be Isle of Dogs, and the esteemed director is giving one lucky fan the chance to voice a minor character in the finished film.
But more on that later. Isle of Dogs stands as the director’s first foray behind the lens since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the fact that Anderson’s new creative venture is stop-motion in nature has already drawn comparisons to the filmmaker’s work on Fantastic Mr. Fox. Plot details may be thin on the ground, but you’ll be able to get a fleeting glimpse of what we assume to be one of the leading canines via the video above, where Wes Anderson outlines Isle of Dogs with regular cohort Edward Norton.
Speaking of which, the ensemble cast that Anderson has assembled here is something to marvel, and it’s all headed up by Greta Gerwig and Scarlett Johansson. But that’s merely scratching the surface; Isle of Dogs also features Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Courtney B. Vance and Yoko Ono.
Due to enter production in London, Wes Anderson concluded today’s status report by revealing that, thanks to a collaboration between Crowdrise and The Film Foundation, one extremely lucky fan will have the opportunity to voice one of the film’s many canines which, given that star-studded lineup, is quite the exciting competition. Details of how to enter can be found here.
There’s no release date to report for Isle of Dogs just yet, but you can go up close and personal with the first official image down below.