Ralph Fiennes to join Bill Murray in secretive new Wes Anderson movie?

But Angela Lansbury is forced to leave 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' because of stage commitments

Ralph Fiennes is in talks to join the cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next film from Wes Anderson.

Anderson, the cult filmmaker behind Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums, is being typically secretive about the project. The film is billed simply as “a European story” and Anderson has refused to name cast members.

At the start of October (2012), he quashed rumours linking Johnny Depp to the film, but added: “You’ll never find me saying who’s in the movie. We have quite a great cast.”

Bill Murray, a regular Wes Anderson collaborator, has already confirmed his involvement, while Angela Lansbury was also set to appear. However, the Murder She Wrote legend has now pulled out because of stage commitments.

According to Variety, Fiennes is being lined up to play a character called M. Gustave, described as “the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge”. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has word that Jude Law and Owen Wilson are signed up too.

In the meantime, Fiennes will be seen in new Bond film Skyfall, which opens in cinemas on October 23 (2012). Fiennes plays Mallory, the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee that regulates MI6 and 007.