Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” is missing Bill Murray.” was noticed this week when Focus Features joined the project and gave more information about the movie.
The actor, who had worked with Anderson before and made movies like “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” better, was one of the first to sign on to the Spain-set movie, which started filming last September. On Wednesday, Bill Murray was noticeably absent from the movie’s massive cast, which includes Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Carell, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, and Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, and Adrien Brody, among many others.
Variety is told by someone familiar with the project that Murray got COVID-19 just before filming started on the movie last September, so his role had to be filled by someone else. We don’t think he filmed any scenes before he quit.
It is thought that Carell, who stars on “The Morning Show,” took Murray’s place in the movie.
After it came out that production on Aziz Ansari’s “Being Mortal” was stopped in April because of a complaint about Murray’s inappropriate behavior, there were a lot of talks that he may have been set up on hold. Sources say, though, that the allegations don’t have anything to do with Murray’s absence from “Asteroid City.”
In April, Murray quickly told CNBC what he thought happened. He said, “I had a different opinion with a woman I work with.”
Murray told CNBC, “I did something I thought was funny, but it wasn’t seen that way.” “This is what the movie company decided since they were trying to do what has proper stopped the production from looking into everything and finding out what was happening.
“Right now, we’re talking to each other and trying to make peace,” Murray said. “We’re both working people. We like each other’s work, and I think we like each other. We can’t work together or make a movie if we can’t get along and trust each other. I’ve learned a lot from this. I haven’t done much else in the past week or two but think about her.
No one ever said what the complaint against Murray was really about.
Searchlight Pictures put out Anderson’s last three movies. Still, they broke up with him before “Asteroid City,” which was released by Focus Features in the U.S. And its parent company, Universal Pictures, in other countries. Focus Features joined the film after it already existed.
The film is called a “poetic meditation on the meaning of life” and was written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Set in a made-up American desert town in 1955. And it’s Junior Stargazer convention, the movie brings together students.
“Asteroid City” is made by Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, and Steven Rales, who started the production company Indian Paintbrush.