Wes Anderson is finally put the finishing touches on pre-production for his latest film, his tenth overall, and with it, we now have a pretty good idea what we can expect. And sadly, the film is still not a French musical. But that being said, with the cast he has lined up, Anderson has yet another film that many fans will be anxious to see.
According to IndieWire, the filmmaker recently began production on “The French Dispatch.” The film is described as a “love letter to journalists” and is set at an American newspaper outpost in Paris. ‘Dispatch’ follows three separate storylines, and combined with previous reports, should take place over multiple time-periods from the 1950s to present day, with rumors that the middle storyline could take place in the 1970s, which makes sense.
But the setting and title aren’t all we know now. Joining the already-announced cast of Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton are Frances McDormand and Wes Anderson newbies Benicio Del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothée Chalamet. Sadly, there’s still no confirmation on the big rumored players like Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Léa Seydoux.
Now, with the details finally coming into focus, film fans can also start planning accordingly. With the film currently in production, and likely not going to finish until well into 2019, it appears that Anderson is lining up “The French Dispatch” for a spring 2020 debut, appropriately at the Cannes Film Festival. Obviously, if any film seems a lock for a film festival that is a year and a half away, it would be “The French Dispatch” at Cannes.
Hopefully, we’ll get some more confirmation on the rest of the cast in the coming weeks.