Asteroid City is a 2023 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson with a cast to die for. The film is set in a retro-futuristic version of the 1950s and follows the events of a Junior Stargazer convention held in the fictional desert town of Asteroid City. World-changing events, including the arrival of an alien spacecraft, spectacularly disrupt the convention.
The film has been described as a “metatextual” work, as it simultaneously depicts the events of the Junior Stargazer convention as a play and the creation of the play itself. It is also Anderson’s homage to popular memory and mythology about extraterrestrials and UFOs witnessed in the Southwestern desert close to atomic test sites during the postwar period of the American 20th century.
Do you know what makes Asteroid City even more awesome? The cast of actors who play the characters in the movie. It’s like a big team of talented people working together to make the story come alive.
Asteroid City: Cast & Characters Explained:
Jason Schwartzman as Augie Steenbeck
One of the main characters in Asteroid City is Augie Steenbeck, and Jason Schwartzman plays him. He’s a really fantastic actor who has been in many other movies made by the same director, Wes Anderson. It’s like they’re a dream team!
Scarlett Johansson as Midge Campbell
In Asteroid City, we have another amazing actor, Scarlett Johansson. She plays the character Midge Campbell, who is a really talented actress and a super caring mom. Scarlett is famous for being in many other great movies like Lost in Translation and the Marvel superhero movies.
Tom Hanks as Stanley Zak
Guess who else is in Asteroid City? It’s Tom Hanks! In this movie, he plays the character Stanley Zak, who is Augie’s father-in-law.
Jeffrey Wright as General Grif Gibson
Another amazing actor in Asteroid City is Jeffrey Wright. He plays General Grif Gibson, who is the host of the Junior Stargazer Awards. Jeffrey has been in many other movies, like the James Bond film Casino Royale and The Hunger Games.
Bryan Cranston, as The Television Host
Now, get ready to laugh because Bryan Cranston is in Asteroid City too! He plays the host of a TV show in the movie. Bryan is famous for being in funny TV shows like Malcolm in the Middle and for his serious role in Breaking Bad.
Liev Schreiber as J.J. Kellogg
In Asteroid City, we also have Liev Schreiber. You might have seen him in movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Salt. In this movie, he plays the character J.J. Kellogg, who is the dad of one of the Junior Stargazer winners. Liev is really good at playing all kinds of roles.
Hope Davis, as Sandy Borden
Another fantastic actor in Asteroid City is Hope Davis. She plays the character Sandy Borden, who is also the mom of one of the Junior Stargazer winners. Hope has also been in many other movies, like The Weather Man and Captain America: Civil War.
Stephen Park as Roger Cho
Are you ready to meet someone really funny? Well, Stephen Park is in Asteroid City, and he’s a comedian. He plays the character Roger Cho, who is another dad of a Junior Stargazer winner. Stephen is known for being in hilarious TV shows like In Living Color and The Mindy Project.
Maya Hawke as June Douglas
Let’s warmly welcome Maya Hawke, who is also in Asteroid City. She plays the character June Douglas, who is a teacher with a special interest in Montana. Maya is a rising star in the acting world and has been in popular TV shows like Stranger Things.
Steve Carell as The Motel Manager
Guess who’s going to make us laugh in Asteroid City? It’s Steve Carell! He plays the role of a motel manager in the movie. Steve is known for being in dramedy movies like Little Miss Sunshine and for his hilarious character in The Office TV series.
Matt Dillon as Hank
In Asteroid City, we also have Matt Dillon, who is a really talented actor. He plays the character Hank, who is a skilled mechanic. Matt has been in lots of other movies, like Crash and The House That Jack Built.
Jake Ryan as Woodrow Steenbeck
Let’s give a big round of applause to Jake Ryan, who plays Woodrow Steenbeck in Asteroid City! Jake is an upcoming actor who has previously worked with the director Wes Anderson in other movies.
Grace Edwards as Dinah Campbell
We also have Grace Edwards in the Asteroid City cast, and she’s a really talented newcomer to the acting scene. Grace plays the character Dinah Campbell, who is Midge’s daughter and a Junior Stargazer winner. Even though she’s new to acting, Grace has already been in other projects like Modern Love.