Wes Anderson has rounded up his friends as well as a few new ones for The French Dispatch, his 10th feature, and his first live-action film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest.
The film, set in a fictional French city in the 1950s, follows a group of journalists at an American newspaper bureau – according to the trailer, “a factual weekly report on the world of politics, the arts — high and low — and diverse stories of human interest.”
Anderson regular Bill Murray plays the publication’s editor. The ensemble also includes Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, as well Anderson newbies Timothee Chalamet, and Elisabeth Moss.
Written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Hugo Guinness, “the story is not easy to explain,” said Anderson in the French mag Charente Libre. “[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.”
The French Dispatch opens in cinemas Aug 27.
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