The French Dispatch

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The French Dispatch
Directed byWes Anderson
Produced by
Written byWes Anderson
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
CountryUnited States

The French Dispatch is an upcoming American drama film, written and directed by Wes Anderson. It stars Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, and Benicio del Toro.


The film has been described as "a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris 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 Lea 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] That same month, Lois Smith joined the cast of the film.[10]


Principal photography began in November 2018, in the city of Angoulême (South-West France).[11]


  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. ^ "Untitled Wes Anderson Project". Backstage. Retrieved December 2, 2018.

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