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The French Dispatch is an upcoming American comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson. It stars Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Kate Winslet, Elisabeth Moss, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and Benicio del Toro.

The French Dispatch
Directed byWes Anderson
Produced by
Written byWes Anderson
CinematographyRobert Yeoman
Edited byAndrew Weisblum
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
CountryUnited States

The film will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under their Fox Searchlight Pictures label, marking Anderson's first film to be released by Disney since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), under the Touchstone Pictures label.



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 and centers on three storylines."[1]



In August 2018, it was announced Wes Anderson would write and direct an untitled musical film set in France, post World War II.[2] 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.[3] Additionally, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, and Léa Seydoux were rumored for roles in the film.[4] 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 and Scott Rudin, producing under their Indian Paintbrush and Scott Rudin Productions banners, respectively, and Fox Searchlight Pictures, distributing.[1][5][6][7][8][9] Later that month, Lois Smith and Saoirse Ronan joined the cast.[10][11][12] 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.[13][14][15][16][17] Robert Yeoman will serve as the film's cinematographer.[18] In February 2019, it was announced Wally Wolodarsky, Fisher Stevens, Griffin Dunne, and Jason Schwartzman had joined the cast of the film.[19] In April 2019, Christoph Waltz, Rupert Friend, and Elisabeth Moss joined the cast of the film.[20][21]


Principal photography began in November 2018, in the city of Angoulême (South-West France) and wrapped in March 2019.[22]


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Anne (2018-12-02). "Wes Anderson Is Shooting 'The French Dispatch' in France — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  2. ^ Trumbore, Dave (August 15, 2018). "Wes Anderson's Next Film Could Be a Post-World War II Musical Set in France, Obviously". Collider. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Barfield, Charles (November 21, 2018). "Producer Gives Plot Details About Wes Anderson's Upcoming Film & Says It's Not A Musical". ThePlaylist. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
  5. ^ Raup, Jordan (December 2, 2018). "Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro & More Join Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'". The Film Stage. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Ivre, Devon (December 2, 2018). "Wes Anderson's Next Film, The French Dispatch, Is a 'Love Letter to Journalists'". Vulture. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jeffrey Wright talks upcoming Wes Anderson film role". YouTube. November 7, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Barfield, Charles (December 5, 2018). "Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch': Brad Pitt Is Out But Léa Seydoux Will Star In The Upcoming Film". The Playlist. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 6, 2018). "Timothee Chalamet Joins Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'". Variety. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (December 10, 2018). "Wes Anderson's 'French Dispatch' Adds Lois Smith". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mary Queen of Scots': Saorise Ronan and Josie Rourke on the 'cost of power'". December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Saoirse Ronan Joins ‘The French Dispatch,’ Reuniting With Wes Anderson and Timothée Chalamet
  13. ^ "ADRIEN BRODY, BENICIO DEL TORO, OWEN WILSON, WILLEM DAFOE: PLUIE DE STARS SUR LA VILLE!". Charente Libre. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Henry Winkler Joins Wes Anderson Movie 'French Dispatch' (Exclusive)
  15. ^ "Saoirse Ronan Reveals Kate Winslet Is Latest Actor To Join Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'". The Playlist. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Grater, Tom (January 31, 2019). "'The End Of The F***ing World' star Alex Lawther joins Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  17. ^ Sarreau, Lea Andre (January 31, 2019). "A luxury French casting for Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch"". Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  19. ^ Dunne, Griffin (February 15, 2019). "Boxes in the wardrobe department for Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch" where the brilliant costumer Milena Canonero keeps the belongings of the characters. The only time I'll get top billing over Bill Murray so I'd better get a pic of it". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  20. ^ Barfield, Charles (April 15, 2019). "Wes Anderson Says Christoph Waltz Has Small Role In 'The French Dispatch' & Reveals More Details Including Possible Late-2019 Release". The Playlist. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  21. ^ Elisabeth Moss on 'Her Smell' and a Feminist Take on 'The Invisible Man'
  22. ^ "Untitled Wes Anderson Project". Backstage. Retrieved December 2, 2018.

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