Slashfilm has been following a 17-minute short film written and directed by Wes Anderson titled Hotel Chavelier. Oddly, this is the first we’ve really seen of anything regarding this film. It stars Jason Schwartzmann and Natalie Portman and works as a stand alone short flick, but also as a prequel to Anderson’s upcoming feature length The Darjeeling Limited.
This should be interesting for several reasons. The first, is actress Natalie Portman is rumored to appear nude in the film. Which would be worth the price of admission alone. Secondly, who doesn’t love a bad Wes Anderson flick. Everything he’s done, including commercial work for AMEX, has been pretty darn good. We’re not saying the movie is bad, we won’t know until it become available on iTunes tomorrow for free, but we’re just saying the chances of this being bad are almost slim to none.
We just got word that the film will premiere to the public at four Apple Stores (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco) on Tuesday. So if you?re in any of those cities, you might want to head down to your local minimalist white and glass computer shop to see Anderson?s short film. But fear not lazy friends, the short will become available for free on the Apple iTunes movie store the next day, and will also be available on the eventual Darjeeling DVD release.
However, the LA Times is reporting that Anderson would like to add the Hotel Chevalier short to the theatrical showings after the first few weeks (the same type of stunt was done to Napoleon Dynamite).
So whether you’ll see this before the theatrical release or on the festival circuit or in an Apple Store, you’ll be able to download it free of charge on Wednesday and see if the rumors are true. Oh yeah, you’ll probably be entertained with Anderson’s trademark whimsy.