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Wes Anderson Answers Question Regarding Extraterrestrial Life During a Press Conference in Cannes

The film “Asteroid City” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, (May 23). The movie is directed by Wes Anderson. The cast is star-studded including actors such as Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Maya Hawke, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Steve Carell, Jason Schwartzman and Tony Revolori.

The plot is set in the 1950’s and surrounds a group of people that gather in the desert town, Asteroid City, to join the Junior Stargazer/ Space Cadet convention. The convention is supposed to bring people together through different events; however, this is interrupted by some “unspecified, cosmic events” that can change the world and especially the lives of the people attending the convention.

The spectacular film “Asteroid City” earned a six-minute standing ovation at the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

After the screening Wes Anderson spoke to the crowd, saying “I’m so pleased to show the movie for the first time. We’ve never seen it before ourselves. Thank you to our cast of stupendous actors playing actors,”.

When asked if he believes in extraterrestrial life during the press conference for the film in Cannes, Wes Anderson replied “Well, you know... I wouldn’t rely on my opinions about that in any significant way,” he then continued, “The research that went into this, as extensive as it was, it wasn’t anything you’d find in academia.” Anderson also added that “Stephen Hawking insists it is numerically improbable that there would not be extraterrestrial life,” “I don’t really”.

The cast is star-studded but Maya Hawke made it clear during the conference that there was no pecking order on set, by explaining that “The lack of hierarchy in the ensemble that Wes creates, combined with the level of storytelling, makes it such a pleasure,”. She then added that “It feels like there’s no pressure on you because the world around you moves so smoothly.”

“Asteroid City” will most probably be another one of Wes Anderson’s amazing films that will leave the audience wishing for more of his work.


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Credit: Festival de Cannes


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