As the world eagerly awaits The French Dispatch, the latest release from American filmmaker Wes Anderson, the iconic director has already begun work on his next project, as he begins to pull together an impressive cast.
Receiving a nine-minute standing ovation for The French Dispatch at Cannes Film Festival, Anderson’s latest film stars Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Adrien Brody, with each of whom also signed up for the director’s follow-up project.
Beginning production in Spain in August, Anderson’s latest film will maintain his collaboration between Bill Murray and Adrien Brody, with both actors having appeared in several of the director’s previous projects, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs. Swinton, also due to appear in Anderson’s new film, revealed that despite shooting in Spain, “It’s not about Spain,” whilst, director Wes Anderson commented that he was “not ready to share any details” regarding the new film.
Though details are sparse about Anderson’s latest project, it is believed that the filmmaker originally planned to shoot in Rome, though later had to move to Spain, with sets resembling a train station and desert landscape having been erected in Chinchón, a small town outside of Madrid.
The French Dispatch was one of two films Bill Murray had showing at Cannes 2021, with the music documentary New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization in which he stars, also being displayed. The film itself, directed by Andrew J. Muscato, follows Murray and cellist Jan Vogler on stage in Athens for a night of poetry and music. Serving as a producer on the film, Murray and Vogler’s performance spans from Van Morrison to West Side Story and highlights the variety of art that has come to influence European and American culture.
Meanwhile, The French Dispatch, which revolves around an American publication in a fictional French city, is set to be released later this year, on October 22.