“Asteroid City” (2023)

The Story

Asteroid City is a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson with a star-studded cast.

The film is set in a fictional American desert town in 1955. The story follows a group of super-smart students and their parents who are attending a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention. The story primarily takes place at a motel, but it is interspersed with scenes in a playhouse. These “meta” scenes are introduced by a narrator who gives clues as to the background of the story. 

Asteroid City is a typical Wes Anderson film in many ways. It is visually stunning, with a unique and quirky style.

The Deets

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 44min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Original Language: English
Release Date (US Theaters): June 23, 2023  Wide

Main Cast

Jason Schwartzman as Augie Steenbeck
Scarlett Johansson as Midge Campbell
Tom Hanks as Stanley Zak
Jeffrey Wright as General Grif Gibson
Tilda Swinton as Dr. Hickenlooper
Bryan Cranston as the host of an anthology television show
Edward Norton as Conrad Earp
Adrien Brody as Schubert Green
Liev Schreiber as J.J. Kellogg
Hope Davis as Sandy Borden
Stephen Park as Roger Cho
Rupert Friend as Montana
Maya Hawke as June Douglas
Steve Carell as a motel manager
Matt Dillon as Hank
Hong Chau as Polly Green
Willem Dafoe as Saltzburg Keitel
Margot Robbie as Steenbeck’s deceased wife
Tony Revolori as Gen. Gibson’s aide-de-camp
Jake Ryan as Woodrow Steenbeck
Jeff Goldblum as The Alien

Production & Crew

Distributor: Focus Features
Production Co: Focus Features, American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Producer(s): Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
Writer(s): Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Editor: Barney Pilling
Hair/Makeup Lead: Claire Burgess
Costumes: Milena Canonero

The Trailer