Searchlight Pictures has finally set the new theatrical release date for Wes Anderson’s long-delayed dramedy film The French Dispatch. Originally scheduled for a 2020 release, the star-studded film has now been scheduled to hit theaters on October 22, 2021.
The new Wes Anderson movie will have its world premiere in July at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where the competition jury will be headed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee. Following its Cannes debut, it will then be screened at the 59th edition of the New York Film Festival, just before its wide release.
The French Dispatch is described as a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city centering on three storylines that bring to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch” magazine.
The A-List ensemble includes Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Traffic), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), and Tilda Swinton (Suspiria, Michael Clayton) along with Oscar nominees Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy, Call Me by Your Name), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), and Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums).
Léa Seydoux (Spectre), Lyna Khoudri (The Blessed), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Stephen Park (Fargo) are also starring in the film along with Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Henry Winkler, and more.
The French Dispatch is written and directed by Wes Anderson from a story by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Hugo Guinness.