There is our world, and then there’s Wes Anderson‘s.
The latest opportunity for us to travel from ours to his comes this summer with The French Dispatch, the 10th feature film from this generation’s most distinct cinematic artisan.
Once again assembling an eclectic cast (and quite possibly his largest) — an ensemble that includes familiar members of the Anderson troupe like Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Owen Wilson plus new additions such as Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Moss, and Benicio Del Toro — this Euro-set comedy is visualized on a bold colorful scale equal to Anderson’s most ambitious effort The Grand Budapest Hotel; that 2014 film garnered the most Oscar nominations of any single Anderson movie (9 total) and this looks likely to repeat that kind of embrace, setting another eye-popping palette in different formats ranging from square-framed color to widescreen (and square) black-and-white.
The French Dispatch is the story of a Kansas-based arts magazine publisher (Murray) who sets up shop in a fictional French town. Little is known beyond that premise, other than the fact that the magazine itself is inspired by the New Yorker.
With a cast that also includes Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Willem Dafoe, Liev Schreiber, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend, Chrisoph Waltz, Fisher Stevens, Henry Winkler, Bob Balaban, Griffin Dunne, Stephen Park, Lois Smith, Angelica Huston, and Jason Schwartzman (who also helped with the story), The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (full title!) will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May before hitting theaters on July 24, 2020.
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