Following the exploits of Zero Moustafa, a Lobby Boy at the titular hotel, as he’s taken under the wing of the Hotel Manager, Gustave H (played by Ralph Fiennes) who is somewhat of a Lothario with many of the guests. That is, until he is arrested over the suspicious death of a particular favourite client. What follows appears to be the traditional style of Anderson’s whimsical directing and vibrant, rich colours.
A number of Anderson’s partners in crime show up as characters. Most notably, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. The plot revolves around a painting left to Gustave H in the will of the deceased, Mr H’s arrest and escape from prison and the descendant (Adrien brody) of the deceased’s attempts to track down both the painting and its inheritor.
The wry wit and slapstick comedy abounds aplenty in the latest trailer. Fiennes appears to play the Hotelier with a level of vain, upper-class posh twit that isn’t seen very often these days, And Saorise Ronan looks to be well suited as Agatha, the Baker and love interest in the story.
Tony Revolori plays Zero, the Lobby Boy and narrator of the story. Or so it would seem. F. Murray Abraham plays Mr. Moustafa, and could be an older version of him. On top of that, Tom Wilkinson is credited as The Author and is reading from a book. He is British though, whilst the narrator is American. Not an impossible feat to pull off, but it’s much more likely that Abraham will narrate the story as it unfolds.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is out on the 7th of March.