The most awaited film of the year ‘The French Dispatch’ is likely to be released in the first half of 2021. With an award-winning and highly acclaimed cast, this movie has got the attention of all. Wes Anderson, director of great movies like ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ is directing this film with his self-made narrative and eccentric style. The film focuses on the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper.
A WIDE AND CONFUSING STORYLINE
The French Dispatch is a movie with a wide and confusing storyline. It is full of comedy and drama, especially with the special ensemble. The love for ‘The New Yorker’ magazine inspired Anderson to make this film and give it his vision; some of the movie’s characters and events are also occupied from the setting of the magazine.
Anderson carries us through to three different stories that are inter-related with the French Dispatch. The first story highlights the May’68 students’ protests, based on the two-part article by Mavis Gallant, ‘The Events in May: A Paris Notebook.’ Frances McDormand plays the role of Lucinda Krementz, a journalist representing the student revolutionaries. Lyna Khoudri and Timothee Chalamet play the lead faces of student revolutionaries and are also in a relationship.
Another story is based on ‘The Days of Duveen,’ an article focused on the life of an art dealer named Lord Duveen. Adrien Brody plays the role of Julien Cadazio, a modern-day art dealer inspired by the life of Lord Duveen. Benecio Del Toro is seen playing Moses Rosenthaler, an incarcerated artist working along with Julien.
The third fictional story has not been revealed yet; we know that it is based on an amalgamation of writer James Baldwin and the well-known journalist A. J. Liebling. Jeffrey Wright will be seen in this third instance as a food journalist, Roebuck Wright.
BILL MURRAY AND OWEN WILSON
It will be very odd to say that the actors Bill Murray and Owen Wilson will not be in Anderson’s film. In this film, Bill will be playing the editor of The French Dispatch magazine, Harold Ross (co-founder of The New Yorker). Owen plays a staff member and writer at the magazine press, Joseph Mitchell (a former writer at The New Yorker).
Along with the popular cast, the ensemble also has Tilda Swinton playing J. K. L. Berenson, also a writer at the magazine press. Lea Seydoux plays Simone, a corrections officer; Mathieu Amalric is a policeman with a missing son, Stephen Park, as a police officer handling the kidnapping case.
A FICTIONAL CITY IN FRANCE
All three stories are based in the same fictional city created by the name Ennui-Sur-Blasé. From what we can see, it’s a story about an American journalist who comes to France to create his magazine. The three fictional stories could be said as the journalist’s vision while working on his magazine.
The movie was set to release on October 16th, 2020, but the filming was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. It is most likely to come in Summer 2021.