Are we finally getting a release date for The French Dispatch? It looks like yes.
Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux has announced that the movie will be appearing in the CFF official line-up in 2021. Yes, it will be screening in real life when the festival runs in July 2021.
It's been a long lead up to release. The film was originally supposed to debut at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival - but of course COVID-19 had other plans. The film's release was subsequently pushed back and then pushed back again. But now, it's confirmed we will be seeing this movie very soon. The CFF runs from July 6 to 17, so keep your eyes peeled for a broad release from then.
Would it shock you to learn that we were first made aware of Wes Anderson’s new live action feature, The French Dispatch, via Timothée Chalamet’s Instagram stories? No, because to know us is to know of our deep (shared) love for film’s ruffle-haired wunderkind. Some brief sleuthing soon led us to the film’s poster, and the promise of a very Wes Anderson ensemble cast (Murray, Swinton, Wilson et al).
And now, finally, we have the trailer – a small portal into the world of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. Described by Searchlight as “… a love letter to journalists,” the film (inspired by The New Yorker) brings to life “a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine”.
What else does the 2:25 minute teaser reveal? Bill Murray plays the magazine’s editor Arthur Howitzer Jr., Benicio del Toro is an incarcerated artist and Chalamet, at some point during the film, takes a bath.
See more for yourself below.