Wes Anderson’s upcoming film has a date, but not a trailer


Acclaimed director Wes Anderson will return with his newest film this summer, titled The French Dispatch. Announced by Searchlight Pictures (FKA Fox Searchlight Pictures), the date for for the comedic drama is slated for a July 24th release. According to the press release, Anderson’s story is “set to bring to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.” The cast is loaded, which isn’t a surprise for an Anderson movie nowadays. Headlining is Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, along with Anderson stalwarts Owen Wilson and Bill Murray. 

The story was devloped by the quartet of Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Hugo Guinness. Anderson and Coppola worked together on the Oscar nominated Moonrise Kingdom, while Schwartzman has appeared and worked on numerous Anderson films over the years. Guinness has assisted Anderson in a variety of ways ranging from story design to providing art pieces for The Royal Tenenbaums.

Anderson is known for his artistic directorship and unique storytelling with dialogue that can come off as soporific to those not drawn into his world. The French Dispatch is unlikely to deviate from Anderson’s modus operandi, and his choice to continue bringing back actors and writers he’s worked with prior adheres to the notion that he trusts them to fit the part as much as they trust him to create it. 

Nick Hershey