Scarlett Johansson Makes a Stellar Return to Wes Anderson's Universe in "Asteroid City" Scarlett Johansson, known for her diverse roles, reunited with acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson after collaborating in the 2018 film "Isle of Dogs." This time, she leads an extraordinary ensemble cast in Anderson's latest creation, "Asteroid City," currently captivating audiences in New York and Los Angeles before its nationwide release on Friday.
Set in a small desert town during the 1950s, the cosmic comedy revolves around a children's science conference that takes an unexpected turn when a bug-eyed alien makes a brief landing in a nearby meteor crater. As government officials scramble for answers, the town's inhabitants find themselves quarantined.
Johansson, a two-time Oscar nominee, takes on the role of Midge Campbell, a glamorous but lonely movie star who accompanies her genius daughter, played by Grace Edwards, to the competition. Midge forms an intriguing connection with Augie (Jason Schwartzman), a grieving parent, as they share moments through the windows of their motel bungalows.
Johansson delighted in portraying Midge's self-involved nature, describing her as a sociopath. The opportunity to delve into such a character fascinated her, allowing her to explore the mindset of individuals with an inherent lack of empathy.
Midge: Johansson's Timeless Transformation in 'Asteroid City
Anderson, known for his meticulous storytelling and visual aesthetics, cast Johansson in "Asteroid City" based on their acquaintance of nearly two decades. Inspired by Golden Age Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Kim Stanley, and Joanne Woodward, Anderson crafted the character of Midge specifically for Johansson, recognizing her ability to embody the timeless charm and complexity of classic screen legends.
The star-studded ensemble also features Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jeffrey Wright, and Adrien Brody. While several cast members have collaborated with Anderson in the past, this marks the first time he has worked with the iconic Tom Hanks.
Hanks portrays Augie's father-in-law, bringing a quiet yet benevolent presence to the movie. The "Asteroid City" cast fostered a close-knit dynamic reminiscent of a theater company throughout the production. They bonded over nightly group dinners while filming in Spain and shared the excitement of attending the Cannes Film Festival together last month.
Anderson's signature attention to detail extends to the film's plot, including a meta storyline involving an acting troupe staging a teleplay based on "Asteroid City." Having experienced the joy of working on this project, Johansson eagerly anticipates returning to the stage.
Known for her Tony Award-winning performances on Broadway in plays like "A View from the Bridge" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," she expresses her desire to collaborate with Jeffrey Wright, one of her co-stars, on another theatrical endeavor.
As "Asteroid City" captivates audiences nationwide, audiences can expect another imaginative and visually stunning creation from Wes Anderson, accompanied by an exceptional cast led by the versatile and captivating Scarlett Johansson.