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Ralph Fiennes Checks Into ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ as Angela Lansbury Checks Out

The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Wes Anderson‘s ‘The Grand Budapest‘ is trying its best to assemble an exciting ensemble cast. Already on board are Jude Law, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray, while the names of Johnny Depp and Angela Lansbury have been associated with it as well. Depp, however, was revealed not to actually be confirmed for the flick, and, sadly, it looks like Lansbury will have to head for the exit.

But fear not — it looks lik “He Who Must Not Be Name,” Ralph Fiennes, is coming in to save the day! Nothing says “whimsical comedy” like bringing back Voldemort, right?

Variety has it that the ‘Harry Potter‘ and ‘Wrath of the Titans‘ star is in talks to join the film, playing the role of “the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge,” a fellow named M. Gutave. This will be a decidedly lighter project for Fiennes, who will be seen next in ‘Skyfall’ and certainly has a penchant for dark and moody films.

Meanwhile, Lansbury is exiting the ‘Hotel’ due to a conflict with her time on stage in ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ The 86-year-old actress will be starring in the Australian production of the play starting on February 5; ‘Budapest’ has a projected January commencement date.

What do you think? Are you pumped to learn that Ralph Fiennes might be hopping on board this project? Who else would you like to see join the already star-studded cast? Sound off in the comments below!

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