Tilda Swinton in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)
She may be old, but she's still got it. Heck, even in death, she manages to exude glamor.
An elderly looking Tilda Swinton proves yet again that she can shape-shift into an unrecognizable being. Known for her morphing abilities on the red carpet, in films like this year's "Snowpiercer," and on the pages of magazines, the 52-year-old actress was transformed into an octogenarian in Wes Anderson's upcoming, star-riddled flick "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
In the film's first trailer, Swinton plays Madam D., a patron of the big hotel, set in the mountains of Europe. We see her both dead, lying in a casket, and alive — professing her love to Gustave H., played by Ralph Fiennes.
And he knew her … intimately.
"She was dynamite in the sack, by the way," he recalls following her passing. "She was 84!?" the junior lobby boy in training (so Wes Anderson-y!) retorts with dismay.
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We discover Madam D. has been (omg!) murdered, and Gustave H. may be a prime suspect.
Still, she looks awfully well put together post mortem. "You're looking so well, darling … I don't know what sort of cream they've put on you down at the morgue, but I want some," Gustave says to her as she lies lifeless, fully made up, in an open casket.
Swinton appeared in Anderson's 2012 campground flick "Moonrise Kingdom." This time around she is joined by a slew of the director's faves: Bill Murray (who also appeared with Swinton in the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film "Broken Flowers"); the leading men of Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" — Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman; Edward Norton ("Moonrise Kingdom"); and Willem Dafoe ("Fantastic Mr. Fox").
A first timer to the film autuer's quirkfests is Ralph Fiennes, who took over the lead role after Johnny Depp dropped out. (And with that knowledge, you can't help but see how the part was tailor-made for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star. Not to short change Fiennes.)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" and its huge cast — including Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, and Tom Wilkinson — enters theaters next year on March 7.
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