First Glimpse of ‘Asteroid City’: Scarlett Johansson Captivates in Quirky Alien-Adjacent Film

Focus Features has given moviegoers a tantalizing peek into the upcoming film, ‘Asteroid City,’ dropping its trailer on Wednesday.

This whimsical coming-of-age story that weaves the intrigue of stargazing in the desert into its narrative is helmed by the uniquely creative Wes Anderson.

The best thing: The trailer for the film Asteroid City was dropped by Focus Features on Wednesday morning. Scarlett Johansson was featured prominently. Source: Focus Features

Scarlett Johansson’s captivating presence, decked out in a nostalgic 1950s outfit and vibrant makeup, is a standout element in the trailer. The star-studded ensemble also includes Margot Robbie and Tom Hanks.

The film is slated for a limited release on June 16, 2023, followed by a broader launch on June 23. It is expected to premiere globally at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Stunner: The highlight of the clip is Hollywood bombshell Johansson who oozes sex appeal. Source: Focus Features

‘Asteroid City’ transports viewers to a fictional desert town in 1950s America, enveloped in a peculiar aura. The plot thickens at a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention, where students and parents are engrossed in academic rivalry until a global event disrupts the flow.

The narrative orbits around a widower, portrayed by Jason Schwartzman, who, along with his four children, visits their grandfather (played by Hanks).

Amid poignant dialogues and unexpected situations, their car malfunctions, leading them to the eccentric ‘Asteroid City’ for repairs.

A look back look: Her look had a 1950s retro-feel outfit and heavy makeup, including fire engine red lipstick. Source: Focus Features

Intriguingly, Schwartzman’s on-screen son, Jake Ryan, gets enchanted by the city’s annual junior stargazer competition. As the family’s fascination with the city intensifies, they grapple with alien-related apprehensions.

A stellar supporting cast amplifies the film’s appeal, including Tom Hanks’s real-life spouse Rita Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Matt Dillon, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, and Liev Schreiber.

Notable appearances are made by Hope Davis, Stephen Park, and Rupert Friend, while Maya Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Ethan Hawke’s daughter also star in this offbeat film.

Not all things are normal in Asteroid City: There are unexplainable earthquakes and a fear aliens live among them. Source: Focus Features

An impressive line-up extends to Steve Carell, Willem Dafoe, Tony Revolori, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, Ethan Lee, and Jeff Goldblum.

Anderson’s filmography showcases a unique assortment of films, from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ to ‘The French Dispatch’ and ‘The Royal Tennenbaums.’

He has another intriguing film set to release in 2023, ‘ The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,’ inspired by Roald Dahl’s book.

She sure has had a lucky career: Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter Maya Hawke has a role in the offbeat movie. Source: Focus Features
She is a teacher talking about the solar system: Here, Hawke is seen in a yellow dress and cardigan. Source: Focus Features

Co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, ‘Asteroid City’ was produced by Anderson alongside his long-time associates Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales of Indian Paintbrush.

John Peet and Octavia Peissel contributed as co-producers, with Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter serving as executive producers.

So weird, it’s a bit wonderful: Asteroid City was written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Source: Focus Features
Hanks time: Tom Hanks is seen on the right; also in the film is his wife Rita Wilson. Source: Focus Features
Weird and weirder: Anderson produced the film with longtime collaborators Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales of Indian Paintbrush. Source: Focus Features
Enter quirky town: John Peet and Octavia Peissel co-produced the film with executive producers Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter. Source: Focus Features

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