Wes Anderson continues to add to his next film French Dispatch and has recruited Bill Murray and Henry Winkler to join the cast.
The addition of Murray for Anderson’s 10th feature film should come as little surprise considering the pair’s long and fruitful collaboration history, but the addition of Winkler has come from left-field. Winkler, best known for playing the role of The Fonz on Happy Days, is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence at the tender age of 73 and joins French Dispatch in a supporting role.
The film, which has been described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centres on three storylines,” now boasts quite the star-studded line-up.
Alongside Winkler and Murray, Hollywood’s current sweetheart Timothée Chalamet has been cast for a starring role. Not short of big names, Anderson has called in the likes of Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Saoirse Ronan, and Steve Park, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric and Denis Ménochet and more.
In what will be the follow-up to this year’s stop-motion animation outing Isle of Dogs, Anderson has chosen Angoulême, France as the location to film his next movie. Angoulême, located in southwestern France, is the capital of the country’s Charente department.
While flirting with French style within his work, Anderson is yet to set one of his projects in the country despite having lived there for a number of years now. His two most recent films Isle of Dogs and The Grand Budapest Hotel were both made in Europe with London’s 3 Mills Studios and Görlitz, Germany respectively.
Anderson’s 2019 production start would mark his 23rd year making feature films.