What happens when two twelve-year-olds (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) fall in love, make a secret pact and then flee their New England town to run away together into the wilderness? All heck breaks lose, that’s what happens! As the entire town and various authorities mobilize to hunt down the runaways, a violent storm brews off coast – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone would have predicted.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is a new drama directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore) and written by Anderson and Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited).
In addition to introducing newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who portray the young boy and girl, Moonrise Kingdom features a cast of well-known and award-winning actors. Bruce Willis is cast as the town sheriff, Captain Sharp. Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is the Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward.
The young girl’s parents are played by Academy Award winner Frances McDormand and Academy Award nominee Bill Murray. The cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.