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12 February 2020 20:29

The French Dispatch

The frame is centered, the color scheme is all blunt pastels, and Bill Murray is Murraying his way around the room. You guessed it—a new Wes Anderson movie has arrived. On Wednesday, the trailer dropped for The French Dispatch, Anderson's latest whimsical tale. This time around, the story centers on a New Yorker-inspired magazine set in the fictional French town of Ennui-sur-Blasé in the 1960s. Murray plays Arthur Howitzer Jr., a curmudgeonly whiz editor who runs the outlet, which covers "world politics, the arts high and low, and diverse stories of human interest," per narration provided by Frances McDormand's stern character, journalist Lucinda Krementz.

Now, to answer the question you're really asking: how does Timothée Chalamet factor into all of this? The Oscar-nominated actor's role isn't entirely clear from the trailer, but he seems to be a young protester with hipster mad scientist hair and a tiny little mustache. He tangles most frequently with Krementz and a helmet-wearing character played by French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri. He only has one line in the trailer, when Krementz walks in on him taking a bath and he shrieks, "I'm naked, Mrs. Krementz." He's naked, Mrs. Krementz! One hopes that his character crosses paths with Saoirse Ronan's mysterious figure, continuing the greater Ronan-Chalamet cinematic universe, which thus far includes Lady Bird and Little Women (thank you, Greta Gerwig).

But if not, the film is otherwise stacked with plenty of good distractions, including Tilda Swinton as a kooky lecturer, Benicio del Toro as an ornery artist, and Jeffrey Wright playing a food writer who dreamily rhapsodizes about aromatic cuisine, which is surely its own kind of ASMR. The French Dispatch, written and directed by Anderson, does not yet have a set release date. More Great Stories From Vanity Fair — Why Eminem performed "Lose Yourself" at the 2020 Oscars — The Crown announces its new Queen Elizabeth II—and confirms its last season — Legendary Oscar winner Lee Grant on the blacklist, sex, sexism, and the treatment of Renée Zellweger — Hanging with Bill Murray on the set of Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Inside the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party — There's a blank space at the center of Taylor Swift's Miss Americana — From the Archive: How director Bong Joon Ho's Parasite marched toward Oscar night—and changed everything along the way Looking for more? Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. First footage of Anderson's 'love letter to journalists' starring Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton released The first trailer for Wes Anderson's new film, The French Dispatch, has been released online.

Set in France, the film is a "love letter to journalists" that revolves around a New Yorker-style periodical edited by one Arthur Howitzer Jr (played by Bill Murray) and boasts Anderson's usual gallery of big name cameos, including Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Benicio del Toro, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss. The French Dispatch is due for release on 24 July in the US and 28 August in the UK. Bonjour from your new favorite Americans in Paris. Wes Anderson dumps all your favorite actors into a fictional French town and directs the antics in the new trailer for The French Dispatch. The film stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and, believe it or not, more, including Saoirse Ronan.

The film is actually a retelling of three stories published in the final installment of The French Dispatch, a fictional American paper about life in France: an artist in lockup, two revolutionary kids, and a kidnapping that pairs well with wine. The trailer features at least 12 kinds of headwear, not including the many police hats that come bursting through the walls, but including Timothée Chalamet's bath-time hair wrap and Owen Wilson's stiff beret. It's a trailer so filled with detail that we haven't even mentioned Chalamet's petite moustache. Doesn't it … kind of work? Wes Anderson can make anything aesthetically pleasing. The French Dispatch hits newsstands on July 24. Related Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Saturated colors. Bill Murray. Quirky personalities. Ensemble cast. Yes, folks, we have a new Wes Anderson movie incoming. The trailer for The French Dispatch arrived Wednesday and it's an absolute Anderson love-fest. The tale of The French Dispatch revolves around a fictional American magazine published in France. The movie unfolds in anthology style and features some expected Anderson regulars, including Murray, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand and Owen Wilson. Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright and Timothée Chalamet also star. The trailer drips with Anderson's signature style, colorful sets and floating sense of time. The stories involve a troubled artist, a youth revolution and a chef specializing in "police cooking." The director's fans will swoon. The French Dispatch opens in the US on July 24.