Everything You Need To Know About Wes Anderson's New Flick, The French Dispatch

By GQ Staff
03 February 2020
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"A love letter to journalists"

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The French Dispatch. The quirky six-time Oscar nominee and artistic genius has made nine successful films in the past, and now his 10th (and hopefully not last) is set to arrive in 2020.

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Known to wow audiences with stunning visuals, satisfying symmetry, heartwarming musical soundtracks and iconic mis en scénes, Anderson's attention to detail is bound to make the flick a success. Here's everything we know about it so far.

Setting

According to reports, The French Dispatch is set in Paris and was filmed in Angouleme (South West France). This actually comes as quite a surprise as the 49-year-old's projects are hardly ever set in the place he calls home. (Apart from his short film Hotel Chevalier, starring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman as a prologue to The Darjeeling Limited).

A French publication explained that Anderson “fell in love with the old cobbled streets of [Angoulême’s] city centre, and also the ramparts.” Citing a film industry source, they said that Anderson wanted a French city with “unevenness, stairs and preserved architecture.”

Angouleme, France. (Image: Getty)

Plot

Although the plot is still quite enigmatic, we know that The French Dispatch is “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th century Paris [that] centers on three storyline." IMDB is calling it a comedy, drama and romance and the post-World War II film was rumoured to be a musical, but Wes Anderson denied it before filming began.

Jeffrey Wright mentioned in a podcast interview that he’s excited to be part of Wes Anderson’s new film and however not being able to talk about it yet, he described it as "ironic."

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The brief words we've heard about the film's plot so far were confirmed by the release of the film's first poster, which reads "The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine pubtlished in a fictional 20th-century French city."

Anderson has also expanded on the story somewhat, saying in an interview with French publication Charente Libre  that "[It’s about an] American journalist based in France [who] creates his magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It’s not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what’s going on in the real world."

Cast

Speaking of Jeffrey Wright, this leads us to the cast – one of which is arguably Wes Anderson’s best, full of Hollywood stars old and new.

The film’s ensemble consists of the regulars, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Bob Balaban. Star of the moment Timothee Chalamet will make his Anderson debut, while Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, Kate Winslet, Benicio Del Toro, Louis Smith, Alex Lawther and Henry Winkler also join the cast.

In a recent interview,  Ronan said “Wes Anderson throws very lovely dinners at the end of every shoot each day.” A dinner will all those incredible people? Definitely a film buff's wet dream.

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Production

Anderson produced The French Dispatch alongside Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson and billionaire financier Steven Rales. The company has backed the past five critically acclaimed Anderson films, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs.

Release Date

Photography began in November 2018 and filming just came to a close in March 2019. The film's first poster has confirmed that it's set to hit cinemas on July 24, 2020.


Via GQ Australia