Wes Anderson has announced the release date of his upcoming stop motion animated film Isle of Dogs with the official poster. Inspired by the film’s setting in Japan, the poster features the title in English and Japanese characters, as well as the star-studded cast list including Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston and Bill Murray.
The poster is framed by artwork from the film, showing a boy who has parachuted on to a beach after his small aircraft has crash landed, to be greeted by a pack of curious dogs.
Another teaser poster was released when Wes announced the film in December last year, featuring concept art from the film’s art team and using an illustrated portrait of the young protagonist in a military-style get-up, a front tooth missing and large, vivid eyes.
Wes also marked the film’s announcement via a video (below) which invited fans to win the chance to voice a character in the film, and offered a sneak peak at one of the animated dogs. The competition raised money for Martin Scorsese’s charity The Film Foundation.
Due out 20 April 2018, the film follows a “boy’s odyssey in search of his dog”. It is written and directed by Wes Anderson, and produced by Wes, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson. The cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Akira Ito, Frances McDormand, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance and Frank Wood.