The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch is an upcoming American-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson. It stars Frances McDormand.

The French Dispatch
Directed byWes Anderson
Produced by
Written byWes Anderson
Starring
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyRobert Yeoman
Edited byAndrew Weisblum
Production
companies
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Country
  • United States
  • Germany
LanguageEnglish

Premise

The film has been described as "a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city", centering on three storylines.[2] It brings to life a collection of tales published in the eponymous The French Dispatch.[3]

Cast

Production

In August 2018, it was announced Wes Anderson would write and direct an untitled musical film set in France, post World War II.[4] In November 2018, it was announced Jeremy Dawson would produce the film, with Tilda Swinton and Mathieu Amalric starring in the film. Dawson also confirmed the film is not a musical.[5] Additionally, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, and Léa Seydoux were rumored for roles in the film.[6] In December 2018, it was announced Wes Anderson would write and direct the film, with Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright; with Seydoux confirmed to star in the film alongside Swinton and Amalric, with Steven Rales producing under his Indian Paintbrush banner, with Fox Searchlight Pictures, distributing.[2][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Later that month, Lois Smith and Saoirse Ronan joined the cast.[13][14][15] In January 2019, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler, Willem Dafoe, Bob Balaban, Steve Park, Denis Ménochet, Lyna Khoudri, Kate Winslet, Alex Lawther, Vincent Macaigne, Vincent Lacoste, Félix Moati, Benjamin Lavernhe, Guillaume Gallienne, and Cécile de France joined the cast of the film.[16][17][18][19][20] Robert Yeoman will serve as the film's cinematographer.[21] In February 2019, it was announced Wally Wolodarsky, Fisher Stevens, Griffin Dunne, and Jason Schwartzman had joined the cast of the film.[22] In April 2019, Christoph Waltz, Rupert Friend, and Elisabeth Moss joined the cast of the film.[23][24]

Filming

Principal photography began in November 2018, in the city of Angoulême (South-West France) and wrapped in March 2019.[25]

Release

In September 2019, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to The French Dispatch.[26]

References

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