Wes Anderson's upcoming film Isle of Dogs has an incredible cast, including some impressive A-listers as well as the "usual suspects" that often appear in Anderson's films. But who's who in this amazing set? We break it down.
Isle of Dogs follows a pack of alpha dogs after an outbreak of "canine flu" forces all dogs to be quarantined on the remote Trash Island. When Atari Kobayashi, a human boy, travels to the island to rescue his pet Spot, the alphas decide to help him find his four-legged friend. Early reviews have been largely positive, praising the film's animation and Anderson's patently creative and whimsical story.
Read More: Screen Rant's Review for Isle of Dogs
Anderson's Isle of Dogs resembles the traditionally unconventional style of Anderson's visually appealing and quirky films. Fantastic Mr. Fox, his only other stop-motion film, was a critical and award-winning success, and it seems that Isle of Dogs may follow in its footsteps.
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Nutmeg - Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson lends her voice to Nutmeg, a fashionable former show dog that now lives on the Isle of Dogs. The film is Johansson's first time working with Wes Anderson, a director who usually favors using a regular cast of actors. However, Johansson's star power is undeniable, with recent film credits including Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Major in The Ghost in the Shell and the eponymous Lucy in Lucy.
Chief - Bill Murray
Bill Murray voices Chief, who was the team mascot for the Megasaki Dragons, a Little League Baseball team, before being sent to the Isle of Dogs. Chief is one of the five alpha dogs who helps Atari Kobiyashi look for his dog Spot. Murray is Anderson's most frequent collaborator, having appeared in every Anderson film since Rushmore in 1998, including the titular role of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Rex - Edward Norton
Edward Norton, another frequent Anderson collaborator, returns for Isle of Dogs after appearing in both Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Norton will voice Rex, the leader of the alpha dogs. Rex is a house dog who is anxious to leave Trash Island and return to his master.
Related: Isle of Dogs Trailer
Chief - Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston plays Chief, a former stray who lives with the group of alpha dogs. Gruff and tough, Chief reluctantly agrees to help Atari Kobayashi find his dog, Spot. Cranston has not previously worked with Anderson; however, playing Walter White in Breaking Bad has made Cranston a household name.
Duke - Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum plays Duke, a chatty alpha dog who loves hearing and spreading gossip. Goldblum has previously appeared in Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Goldblum, who is perhaps best known for Jurassic Park, will return among the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He has also appeared in Thor: Ragnarok and Independence Day.
King - Bob Balaban
Character actor Bob Balaban plays King, a former representative for Doggy Chop dog food and the final alpha dog of the pack. Balaban is a frequent collaborator with Anderson, having appeared in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Balaban has had a prolific career in film and television, including Monuments Men and Gosfield Park.
Spots - Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber voices Spots, Atari Kobayashi's best friend and the former bodyguard dog for the mayor of Megasaki. Atari Kobayashi comes to the Isle of Dogs to find Spots, and the group of alpha dogs agree to help him on his journey to be reunited with his furry friend.
Related: Isle of Dogs Concept Art
Jupiter - F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham plays Jupiter, a wise dog who loves Turpentine Brandy and lives an almost zen existence. Abraham, who previously appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel, won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Amadeus. While Jupiter has a black coat of fur, he wears a barrel of brandy around his neck like a St. Bernard.
Oracle - Tilda Swinton
Like Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton has previously collaborated with Wes Anderson on both Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Swinton voices a pug named Oracle, the only small dog with a major role in the film. Oracle is a mystic who lives with Abraham's sagely Jupiter; both dogs appear to have names that come from Greek mythology, with Oracle's name referencing the famed Oracle of Delphi.
Gondo - Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel plays the mysterious Gondo, the leader of another pack of dogs on Trash Island. Keitel previously collaborated with Anderson in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and you'll of course recognize the prolific actor from Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Taxi Driver.
- Isle of Dogs (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018