After the release of the stop-motion animation feature Isle of Dogs earlier this year, Wes Anderson has announced he will be returning to live-action directing for his 10th film, The French Dispatch.
As you can probably tell from the title, the film will be set in France and is due to begin filming in the Southwestern commune of Angoulême next February. According to Indiewire, the film will be “a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th century Paris and centres on three storylines.” That all sounds dandy, but we’ll also be looking forward to a few other things in his new flick:
Wes Anderson-esque French landscapes
Despite living in Paris for years, this will be the American director’s first feature length film based in France (he once based a short film, Hotel Chevalier in a Parisian hotel room). Renowned for shooting his films on-site that result in unique cinematography, we can definitely expect the auteur-director to show off the ambience of 1950s France in a way that will appeal to hipsters worldwide.
A tribute to journalists
Conversation around mass media seems to be a recurring theme in Hollywood these days as more and more screenplays are centred around the newsroom such as The Post and the mini-series Press. Although current affairs is not normally a common theme in Anderson’s work, it’s a breath of fresh air to see him take on a topic that provides an alternate look at the workings behind journalism during wartime.
The film score
Music is an important part of Anderson’s work and he’s known for reviving music from the 1950s and 1960s in his previous films. It was widely speculated that his next film was going to be a musical but after confirming that The French Dispatch will not be one, we can still certainly expect a soundtrack fitting with the director’s past work. It’s also likely he’ll continue working with award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat for the score music. Consider our ears primed.
Timothée Chalamet in full Wes Anderson mode
As with most auteur-directors, Anderson has been known to work with a cast of recurring actors but there will be some Wes Anderson newbies set to star in The French Dispatch, including Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright and Timothée Chalamet. Chalamet, who made waves for his role in Call Me By Your Name and is in line for a possible Oscar for Beautiful Boy, will certainly earn even more brownie points with this role.
Wes Anderson and Bill Murray’s ongoing working relationship
While new cast members give us something to get excited about, arguably the best part of all Wes Anderson films are the recurring actors. Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and of course, Bill Murray who has starred in eight of Anderson’s previous films have been confirmed as part of the cast. It’s not a Wes Anderson film without these main players.