Wes Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier is now available on iTunes, according to Variety.

Fox Searchlight removed the short that was to be played before the theatrical release of The Darjeeling Limited, as Anderson thought that Apple was his best bet if he wanted to get the film seen by a wider audience.

Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman starred in the project for free, and by the time shooting started, Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola had finished writing the screenplay for the short's feature-length sequel, The Darjeeling Limited.

According to the trade paper, Portman, who only has a small cameo in The Darjeeling Limited, insisted that Fox not use her image in the advertising for the feature film, but said that she was pleased with the short and happy to promote it at the Apple store.

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