Asteroid City: release date, reviews, trailer, cast and everything we know about the new Wes Anderson movie

Jason Schwartzman and Tom Hanks in Asteroid City
Jason Schwartzman and Tom Hanks in Asteroid City (Image credit: Focus Features)

One of Hollywood's most distinct voices is gearing up for a return to the big screen, as Wes Anderson has a brand new movie on the horizon in Asteroid City.

You know when you're watching a Wes Anderson movie, as the director has a very unique style and a troupe of actors that he uses frequently. It should be no surprise that many of those familiar faces are present once again in Asteroid City, but there are a number of exciting new actors and actresses added to Anderson's sandbox.

We've compiled just about everything we know about Asteroid City for you right here.

Asteroid City release date

Asteroid City has been set for a summer 2023 release date. It'll first hit limited theaters (New York and Los Angeles) on June 16 before expanding nationwide in the US on June 23. June 23 is also the release date in the UK. Here's more information on how to watch Asteroid City.

Asteroid City is set to be a bit of counter programming during the summer, as it's national rollout falls in between the two massive summer blockbusters of The Flash and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Asteroid City cast

Wes Anderson has built a band of some of the best actors today that often appear in his movies. That's no different with Asteroid City, which in addition to Anderson vets is going to include a number of big names working with the director for the first time.

The usual suspects from Anderson's past movies set to be in Asteroid City include Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Willem Dafoe, Tony Revolori, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend and Jeff Goldblum.

Making their debuts in a Wes Anderson movie are Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Margot Robbie, Hope Davis, Maya Hawke, Steve Carrell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis and Ethan Lee.

Missing from this list is long-time Anderson collaborator, Bill Murray. According to Variety, Murray was previously attached for a role but had to drop about before production began because he contracted COVID. He was replaced with Carrell.

Asteroid City plot

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola came up with the story and wrote the script for Asteroid City. Here is the official synopsis:

"Asteroid City is a poetic meditation on the meaning of life. It tells the story of a fictional American desert town circa 1955 and its Junior Stargazer convention, which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest/recreation, comedy, drama, romance and more."

Asteroid City trailer

The official trailer for Asteroid City has arrived. Wes Anderson takes fans to a desert town around the 1950s, which gives the director quite the sandbox to play with his signature look. Get a glimpse at what to expect with Asteroid City and the all-star cast by watching the trailer directly below:

Focus Features has also released a trio of clips from Asteroid City, featuring Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Hope Davis, Liev Schreiber and Tony Revolori. Watch them all right here:

Asteroid City reviews — what the critics are saying

What to Watch will have our Asteroid City review soon, but other critics have given the latest movie from Wes Anderson a generally warm reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a "Fresh" rating of 75% as of June 15.

How long is Asteroid City

Asteroid City has a runtime of one hour and 44 minutes.

What is Asteroid City's rating?

Asteroid City has a US rating of PG-13 and is rated 12A in the UK. The reasons for the ratings are "brief graphic nudity, smoking and some suggestive material."

Wes Anderson movies

After breaking out in the mid '90s (along with Luke and Owen Wilson), Anderson has made a number of acclaimed movies, which has allowed him to become one of the most recognizable directors around. Here is his full list of feature movies:

  • Bottle Rocket (1996)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2010)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • Isle of Dogs (2018)
  • The French Dispatch (2021)
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.