According to Scarlett Johansson, residing in a peculiar movie set created by the innovative director Wes Anderson for his latest mind-blowing film in the Spanish desert was quite an intense adventure.
The film “Asteroid City” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and combines Westerns, 1950s Americana, theatre, and an alien character. Although critics say that it may appeal to devoted Anderson fans, it could potentially confuse general audiences. Anderson’s distinctive style has even led to a trend on TikTok where people create scenes from their daily lives as if they were in one of his movies. The Hollywood megastars who work with Anderson also experience a unique on-set environment that is intense and amusing due to the fully created world in which they are immersed. Johansson commented on this while speaking with reporters at the festival.
Scarlett Johansson, who previously did voiceover for Anderson’s animated film “Isle of Dogs”, shared her excitement about working with him as a live actor for the first time. She felt fulfilled and thrilled as it gave her a theatre-like experience. The star-studded cast includes Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Margot Robbie, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Tilda Swinton. Anderson expressed his desire for the cast to form a troupe and sit together for dinner with music from British musician Jarvis Cocker. Maya Hawke from “Stranger Things” also appreciated Anderson’s lack of hierarchy on set, making it feel wonderful.
The plot of the movie takes place in a far-off desert town where a bunch of child prodigies gather to participate in a science competition. However, their event is disrupted by an unexpected visit from an alien creature. As is typical of Anderson’s style, the story set in the desert is presented as a play being performed in New York, which caused confusion for both the audience and the cast. Cranston, who portrays the narrator, likened Anderson to an orchestra conductor, with each cast member playing their unique instrument and presenting their part without knowing how it will all come together in the end.