While early reports suggested the Isle of Dogs director would be working on a musical for his tenth feature, further information has denied this, describing the project as a 'love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris'. The filmmaker lives in the city but has never set one of his stories there before.
The upcoming film will include a regular crop of collaborators including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Rumours are swirling around even more appealing names such as Léa Seydoux, after the actress worked with Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Natalie Portman who starred in the director's festive campaign for H&M and Brad Pitt, who teamed up with him on another advert 10 years ago.
But the best has been saved for last – the updated announcements confirmed the French Dispatch newcomers: Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro, and the boy wonder himself: Timothée Chalamet.
It's an exciting development for both the director and the actor. Anderson has often told stories of children and teenagers with sharp wit and maturity, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums. But Chalamet fits into a new age bracket left unexplored so far. Will he play a lovelorn journalist? An enigmatic article subject? A downtrodden twenty something just searching for the meaning of life?
Chalamet's career is taking no breaks, as the year that gave us Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird is only making room for Beautiful Boy, then leading into a year of four ongoing projects for the young actor. He'll be starring in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women, a retelling of Dune by Denis Villeneuve, Netflix regal affair The King, and now he's jumping on board the magical mystery tour with Wes. Strap in, there's sure to be plenty more adventures to come.
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