Asteroid City

Asteroid City


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A Junior Stargazer convention in 1955 is interrupted by an unforeseen event 

In 1955, Asteroid City hosts its annual Junior Stargazer convention in the American desert. But expected events with world-altering implications take place, upending the convention and leaving the participants scrambling to make sense of it all.

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Asteroid City will play in cinemas in the UK starting June 23, 2023.

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What to know

Wes Anderson brings back some favourite collaborators while adding new star power for Asteroid City

Asteroid City is an upcoming sci-fi romance produced by Indian Paintbrush and American Empirical Pictures. The film is written and directed by iconic indie filmmaker Wes Anderson, known for his singular colour palette choices, eccentric costumes, and eccentrically deadpan characters. Some of his other works include The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Asteroid City’s plot is based on a story Anderson wrote with director Roman Coppola. The filmmakers previously collaborated on The Darjeeling Limited, The French Dispatch, and Moonrise Kingdom — the latter of which brought them both an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Alexandre Desplat writes the music for the film, while Academy Award-winner Milena Canonero designs the costumes. 

The cast for Asteroid City includes many previous Wes Anderson collaborators, including Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, and Tilda Swinton. Joining them are acting legends Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Bryan Cranston, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, and Maya Hawke. Other key players in Asteroid City include Steve Carrell, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, and Jeff Goldblum.

Production News

22 September 2020

It is reported that Wes Anderson is working on a new live-action picture. (Source: Discussing Film

17 February 2021

Michael Cera and Jeff Goldblum are in talks for roles in the film. (Source: Discussing Film

30 June 2021

Tilda Swinton joins the cast, after previously starring in four of Anderson’s productions. (Source: Variety

11 October 2021

The title of the film is revealed to be Asteroid City. (Source: Screen Daily

20 July 2022

Universal Studios will cover the international distribution of Asteroid City. (Source: Deadline

29 March 2023

The first trailer is released, submerging viewers into yet another colourful and eccentric Wes Anderson-created world. (Source: YouTube

13 April 2023

Asteroid City will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2023 as one of the 19 films in the Competition. (Source: Deadline

22 May 2023

Ahead of its premiere at Cannes, three clips from the film are released, titled 'Are You Married', 'You Didn't Ask Permission', and 'You Were Very Good', featuring some members of the all-star cast. (Source: The Playlist)

23 May 2023

Asteroid City premieres at Cannes and receives a 6-minute standing ovation. (Source: Variety)



Drama, Romance, Science-Fiction, Comedy


1h 45min

Age rating



Jason Schwartzman
Augie Steenbeck / Jones Hall
Scarlett Johansson
Midge Campbell / Mercedes Ford
Tom Hanks
Stanley Zak
Jake Ryan
Woodrow Steenbeck
Jeffrey Wright
General Grif Gibson
Tilda Swinton
Dr. Hickenlooper
Willem Dafoe
Saltzburg Keitel
Edward Norton
Conrad Earp
Adrien Brody
Schubert Green
Liev Schreiber
J.J. Kellogg
Hope Davis
Sandy Borden
Steve Carell
The Motel Manager
Margot Robbie
The Actress
Jeff Goldblum
The Extra-Terrestrial
Tony Revolori
Grace Edwards
Dinah Steinbeck
Fisher Stevens
Detective #1
Bob Balaban
Larkings Executive