Waltz Joins Wes Anderson’s “French Dispatch”

Waltz Joins Wes Andersons French Dispatch

Celebrated auteur Wes Anderson has been in France shooting his most recent film “The French Dispatch,” and spoke this week with local outlet Charente Libre (via The Playlist) where he discussed how the production’s shoot is going.

During the interview he revealed that three more actors have recently joined the film that he hasn’t worked with before – Rupert Friend (“Homeland”), Alex Lawther (“The End of the F–king World”) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.

Anderson has been filming in the town of Angouleme on the project and described the premise as being about the life of a journalist at an American newspaper’s outpost in a fictional 20th-century French city as he attempts to fight for what he wants to write about. Anderson says despite the subject matter, it’s not a ‘freedom of the press’ film even as there is a little bit of social commentary.

It’s also confirmed that Bill Murray’s previously announced role will be effectively a cameo – the actor was only on set for two days even though he was in France for over a week. Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Henry Winkler, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Kate Winslet, Timothee Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux and many more co-star.

Anderson finally adds that no release date has been decided but he hopes that he could be finished and the film out in cinemas around the very end of the year.