Wes Anderson spoke to French publication Charente Libre (the details which were carried by IndieWire, NME and others) about The French Dispatch, his latest production. The film was shot on location in Angoulême, France, and the principal photography was finished in mid-March of 2019.
Anderson also revealed some details about the film, noting that, “Bill Murray only has a tiny role (he only shot for one day) and Christoph Waltz being added to the cast to appear in just one scene.” He also denied the rumors that Brad Pitt will appear in the movies.
So far, the only thing that was revealed about the film’s plot is that it is a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” Anderson explains that it was intentional as he pointed out that, “when I shoot I do not want any advertising.” Still, he was willing to disclose some additional details: “[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 cast is a list of Anderson’s ‘usual suspects’ – Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, and Bob Balaban. Newcomers to Anderson’s world include Timothée Chalamet, Guillaume Gallienne, and Benicio del Toro.