Over the weekend, French outlet Charente Libre caught up with director Wes Anderson as he films his next project, The French Dispatch, in the French town of Angouleme. Anderson had previously filmed in Angouleme with the bulk of the cast but returned recently with fresh faces, including Christoph Waltz.
During his sit down with Charente Libre, he shared a lot of information about The French Dispatch. It will follow the story of an American journalist fighting against censorship to write want he wants. Anderson maintains that it’s not a political film, but he does concede that a bit of socio-political commentary is hard to avoid with a film like this.
Anderson also spoke about the impressive, and massive, cast for his next film. While a lot of it is generic ‘director-speak’ praising his actors for their hard work, he does hand out a little tidbit about Waltz’ role in the film. Unfortunately, Waltz will only appear in one scene in the film. A bit of good news to chase that with though: Anderson believes there’s a good chance he’ll finish the film before the end of the year.
Alongside Waltz’ small part, Bill Murray is also set to play a smaller role in the film. Otherwise, The French Dispatch stars Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, and Léa Seydoux. Benicio Del Toro, Willen Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Wright, and Jason Schwartzman are all also set to appear.
The French Dispatch has yet to receive an official release date.