This movie is a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city, centering on three storylines. It brings to life a collection of tales published in the final issue of an American magazine published in the fictional city. The French Dispatch is inspired by Wes Anderson’s love of The New Yorker and some characters and events in the film are based on real-life happenings with the magazine.
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun aka The French Dispatch is an upcoming comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson with a screenplay by Anderson from a story by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, and Jason Schwartzman. It stars an ensemble cast led by Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Benicio del Toro, Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Steve Park, and Mathieu Amalric. The French Dispatch supporting cast features several of Anderson’s recurring collaborators, including Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, and Anjelica Huston, among others.
- Starring : Tilda Swinton / Frances McDormand
- Genre : Comedy / Drama / Romance
- Country : Germany / United States
- Language : English / French
- Director : Wes Anderson
- Production : American Empirical Pictures / Indian Paintbrush / Studio Babelsberg
- Distributor : Searchlight Pictures
The French Dispatch movie
The French Dispatch release date
- July 24, 2020 : USA
- August 28, 2020 : UK
- September 25, 2020 : Spain
The French Dispatch cast
- Tilda Swinton as J. K. L. Berensen
- Frances McDormand as Lucinda Krementz
- Bill Murray as Arthur Howitzer Jr.
- Jeffrey Wright as Roebuck Wright
- Adrien Brody as Julien Cadazio
- Benicio Del Toro as Moses Rosenthaler
- Owen Wilson as Herbsaint Salzerac
- Léa Seydoux as Simone
- Timothée Chalamet as Zeffirelli
- Lyna Khoudri as Juliette
- Mohamed Belhadjine as Mitch Mitch
- Christoph Waltz as Boris Schommers
- Lois Smith as Upshur Clampette
- Mathieu Amalric
- Jason Schwartzman as Hermes Jones
- Saoirse Ronan
- Elisabeth Moss
- Edward Norton
- Willem Dafoe
- Liev Schreiber
- Cécile de France
- Anjelica Huston
- Kate Winslet
- Fisher Stevens
- Griffin Dunne
One of the three storylines in the movie The French Dispatch centers on the May 68 student occupation protests, with Timothée Chalamet’s and Lyna Khoudri’s characters being two of the student protesters.
In August 2018, it was reported Wes Anderson would write and direct an untitled musical film set in France, post World War II. In November 2018, it was announced Jeremy Dawson would produce the film, with Tilda Swinton and Mathieu Amalric starring in the film. Dawson confirmed the film is not a musical. Additionally, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, and Léa Seydoux were rumored for roles in the film.
In December 2018, it was confirmed that Anderson would write and direct The French Dispatch, with Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, and Jeffrey Wright as part of the cast. Seydoux was confirmed to star alongside Swinton and Amalric. Lois Smith and Saoirse Ronan joined the cast later that month.
In January 2019, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler, Willem Dafoe, Kate Winslet, Bob Balaban, Steve Park, Denis Ménochet, Lyna Khoudri, Alex Lawther, Vincent Macaigne, Vincent Lacoste, Félix Moati, Benjamin Lavernhe, Guillaume Gallienne, and Cécile de France joined the cast of the film. The next month, another batch of stars joined the cast including Wally Wolodarsky, Fisher Stevens, Griffin Dunne, and Jason Schwartzman. In April 2019, Christoph Waltz, Rupert Friend, and Elisabeth Moss also joined the cast of The French Dispatch.
Principal photography began in November 2018, in the city of Angoulême (South-West France) and wrapped in March 2019.
In September 2019, Searchlight Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to The French Dispatch. It is scheduled to be released on July 24, 2020.
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