The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, commonly known as “The French Dispatch” ( for obvious reasons), is an upcoming movie that will focus on a fictional Kansas newspaper known as the French foreign bureau.
The comedy-drama is based upon a story by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Hugo Guinness and Wes Anderson who will also be directing the movie.
The French Dispatch: Cast
The movie will be based in a Newspaper bureau and to fulfil the need of an extensive cast; the movie has an ensemble cast featuring some very well-known actors such as Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro.
The stellar cast also includes:
- Adrien Brody
- Léa Seydoux
- Frances McDormand
- Lyna Khoudri
- Jeffrey Wright
- Mathieu Amalric
- Steve Park
- Bill Murray
- Owen Wilson
The supporting cast also has some widely recognised names such as Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman, and others.
While what roles each of the various cast members are going to play in the movie is still not very clear, we did get some insight with the latest release to The New Yorker.
As per the first look of the movie, Bill Murray is going to be playing the role of Arthur Howitzer J, a French Dispatch editor, while Wilson, Moss, Fisher Stevens, Swinton, and Griffin Dunne will be members of Murray’s staff.
Jeffrey Wright is playing the character of Roebuck Wright and Moses Rosenthaler; Del Toro will be playing an imprisoned artist. While Timothée Chalamet will play Zeffirelli, a revolutionary student.
Release Date Of The French Dispatch
Initially, the movie had a release date of July 24, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the US recently being hit by a second wave of the virus, the release date of the movie has been pushed further.
Searchlight Pictures will now be releasing the movie on October 16, 2020.
What Could The French Dispatch Be About?
While the movie plot itself is yet unknown, the studio has released a premise and some background into the plot of The French Dispatch which is as follows:
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”, centring on three storylines. It brings to life a collection of tales published in the eponymous The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé.
The film is inspired by Anderson’s love of The New Yorker, and some characters and events in the film are based on real-life equivalents from the magazine. One of the three storylines centres on the May 68 student occupation protests, inspired by Mavis Gallant’s two-part article “The Events in May: A Paris Notebook”. Another storyline, featuring Adrien Brody’s character of Julien Cadazio, is based on “The Days of Duveen”, a six-part feature in The New Yorker on art dealer Lord Duveen.
When speaking to French publication Charente Libre in April 2019, Anderson said: “The story is not easy to explain, [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: Trailer
The official trailer to the movie was released back in February 2020, and you can watch it here:
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