We’ve known for a while that Wes Anderson has been in production on his latest movie, “Isle Of Dogs,” his first stop-motion animation since “Fantastic Mr. Fox” eight years ago, but there’s been no fixed release date for the project, and as anyone who’s ever done stop-motion will tell you, these things take as long as they take.
But the good news is that Fox Searchlight have just revealed a release date (at the same time as “Star Wars Episode IX” revealed its, natch), and the good news is that you have just under a year to wait: the studio will be releasing the movie on April 20th, 2018. It’s a similar spring date, albeit a bit later, to the one that made “The Grand Budapest Hotel” such a success a few years back, and will see the film open against Ike Barinholtz/John Cena comedy “The Pact,” and Dwayne Johnson monster mash “Rampage,” though we imagine this will begin in limited release so won’t strictly be competing for the same crowds.
The principal cast of “Isle Of Dogs” includes Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Greta Gerwig. The voice cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono alongside Japanese actors Kunichi Nomura, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama and Koyu Rankin.