Set in the outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city, The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories that were published in “The French Dispatch.”
Anderson’s latest film will maintain his collaboration between Bill Murray and Adrien Brody, with both actors having appeared in several of the director’s previous projects, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs.
In the first clip, “The Concrete Masterpiece by J.K.L. Berensen,” Benicio del Toro works on his vibrant blood-red artistic masterpiece as Brody questions him about who he has murdered in the intercut black and white sequences, which also feature del Toro in a straightjacket.
The second clip centers around “The Cycling Reporter by Herbsaint Sazerac,” who appears to be played by Owen Wilson. In the clip, he breaks the fifth wall and speaks directly to the audience about ennui and the city that he is documenting.
Searchlight’s official synopsis reads:
“The French Dispatch is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch’ magazine.”
The ensemble cast for the film also includes Tilda Swinton, Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Jason Schwartzman, Rupert Friend, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis and Jeffrey Wright.
Following The French Dispatch, Anderson’s next film will see the filmmaker again working with Murray and Brody. Set to film in Spain in August, it is believed that Anderson originally planned to shoot in Rome, though later had to move to Spain, with sets resembling a train station and desert landscape having been erected in Chinchón, a small town outside of Madrid.
The French Dispatch is set to be released later this year on November 11th.