A Look at Wes Anderson’s Go-To Actors and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, has had us chattering for quite a while. The offbeat coming-of-age tale set in ’60s New England is yet another modern classic from every contemporary indie-film geek’s favorite director and, unsurprisingly, it features some familiar faces from previous Anderson flicks. Like many serious moviemakers, the auteur has certain actors he keeps going back to, so we’re continuing our obsession with a look at Wes Anderson’s go-to performers — some of whom currently join “newcomers” Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Norton on the fictional island of New Penzance in theaters across the nation.

Bill Murray

When it comes to a quintessential partnership, you can’t get much better than Anderson and Bill Murray. Out of Anderson’s seven full-length films to date, Murray has appeared in all but one (Anderson’s debut, Bottle Rocket). In Moonrise Kingdom, Murray plays Walt Bishop, the father of one of the runaway kids at the center of the plot. Previously, he has enchanted audiences as everyone from The Life Aquatic’s offbeat captain Steve Zissou to Rushmore’s wealthy but lovestruck Herman Blume. Frankly, at this point, we’d be a bit shocked to see Anderson do another film without Murray at least popping up somewhere.