Actor and longtime Wes Anderson collaborator Bill Murray has announced he’s signed up to the director’s next film, a Japanese stop-motion comedy about dogs, reports The Playlist .
Jeff Goldbum has already announced his involvement in the project, as well as the return of Edward Norton and Bob Balaban to the Anderson fold (they both appeared in 2012s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ together). ‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston is also reported to be involved.
Following the release of his Netflix Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas, Murray has revealed a little more information about the top secret Anderson project.
He didn’t spill any plot points, but said, “I’m playing a dog. He’s doing another, like a stop motion animated kind of comedy sort of like ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’.”
“It’s a Japanese story and I’m playing a dog. I’m very excited,” he added.
Goldblum has also previously said the story is “Japanese-inspired”, and the news marks a departure from the traditional western countryside setting for Anderson’s last stop-motion animation ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, which was nominated for two Academy Awards back in 2010. The film ultimately lost out in both categories to Pixar’s ‘Up’.
Meanwhile, Bill Murray has released a Beach Boys cover Christmas single with French rock band Phoenix. The seven-inch charity single is taken from his Yuletide TV special A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola.
The track, ‘Alone On Christmas Day’, is a cover of an unreleased Beach Boys outtake from 1977, and all proceeds from the single will be donated to children’s charity UNICEF.
Guests on the one-off TV special include Jenny Lewis, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman and Maya Rudolph.
Murray recently had to deny rumours that he and musician Jenny Lewis were dating. It had been reported that they attended a party together in New York in October. But Vulture revealed that a source close to the pair confirmed they are “just friends”.
Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd will join Murray in the cast for the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot, set for release on July 22, 2016.
The film will be the fifth original in the series, and will be female-led, featuring ‘Bridesmaids’ actresses Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, as well as Saturday Night Live regulars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.