Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch may currently be celebrating its premiere at Cannes Film Festival, but the filmmaker has already begun plotting his next project, adding fan-favourite Bill Murray to his growing cast list.
Beginning production in Spain in August, Anderson’s latest project will be mean the tenth collaboration between him and actor Bill Murray, having most recently featured alongside Tilda Swinton in The French Dispatch. 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 very little is known 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 desert landscape having been erected in Chinchón, a small town outside of Madrid. Besides the latest Spain-set project, and The French Dispatch, Murray and Anderson have enjoyed a long-standing friendship, collaborating on several films including Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Royal Tenenbaums.
The French Dispatch is however one of two films Bill Murray has 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.