"The French Dispatch" is a 2021 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson.
The starring cast includes Tilda Swinton as J.K.L. Berensen, Adrien Brody as Julien Cadazio, Léa Seydoux as Simone, Timothée Chalamet as Zeffirelli, Frances McDormand as Lucinda Krementz, Jeffrey Wright as Roebuck Wright, Bill Murray as Arthur Howitzer Jr., Lyna Khoudri as Juliette, Owen Wilson as Herbsaint Sazerac, Mathieu Amalric as The Commissaire and others.

Here are "The French Dispatch" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The French Dispatch movie?

SearchlightPictures on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 released the trailer for "The French Dispatch" you can watch here:
THE FRENCH DISPATCH | Official Trailer.

Plot summary

What is The French Dispatch movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The French Dispatch" movie plot summary.

The film has been described as "a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city", centering on three stories. It brings to life a collection of tales published in the eponymous The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. The film is inspired by Anderson's love of The New Yorker, and some characters and events in the film are based on real-life equivalents from the magazine. One of the three stories centers on the May 68 student occupation protests, inspired by Mavis Gallant's two-part article "The Events in May: A Paris Notebook". Another story, featuring Adrien Brody's character of Julien Cadazio (Adrien Brody), is based on "The Days of Duveen", a six-part feature in The New Yorker on art dealer Lord Duveen.
When speaking to French publication Charente Libre in April 2019, Anderson said: "The story is not easy to explain, It's about an American journalist based in France who creates his magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It's not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what's going on in the real world."


Who plays who in the The French Dispatch movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The French Dispatch" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Tilda Swinton  as J.K.L. Berensen a writer and a staff-member of the French Dispatch
Adrien Brody  as Julien Cadazio an art dealer, based on Lord Duveen
LĂ©a Seydoux  as Simone a prison guard and Rosenthaler's muse
TimothĂ©e Chalamet  as Zeffirelli a student revolutionary; boyfriend of Juliette
Frances McDormand  as Lucinda Krementz a journalist profiling the student revolutionaries
Jeffrey Wright  as Roebuck Wright a food journalist based on an amalgamation of writer James Baldwin and journalist A.J. Liebling
Bill Murray  as Arthur Howitzer Jr. the editor of the French Dispatch, based on Harold Ross, the co-founder of The New Yorker
Lyna Khoudri  as Juliette a student revolutionary; girlfriend of Zeffirelli
Owen Wilson  as Herbsaint Sazerac a travel writer and staff-member of the French Dispatch, based on Joseph Mitchell, a writer for The New Yorker
Mathieu Amalric  as The Commissaire a policeman with a kidnapped son
Tony Revolori  as Young Moses Rosenthaler
Elisabeth Moss  as Alumna a copy editor of the French Dispatch staff
Liev Schreiber  as Talk Show Host
Alex Lawther  as Morisot a student revolutionary
Saoirse Ronan  as First Showgirl a member of the kidnapping gang
Edward Norton  as The Chauffeur a kidnapper
Willem Dafoe  as Albert the Abacus a prisoner and underworld accountant
Christoph Waltz  as Paul Duval an art collector
Lois Smith  as Upshur "Maw" Clampette an art collector
Rupert Friend  as Drill-Sergeant
Jason Schwartzman  as Hermes Jones a cartoonist and member of the French Dispatch staff
CĂ©cile de France  as Mrs. B
Henry Winkler  as Uncle Joe an uncle and business partner to Cadazio
Anjelica Huston  as The Narrator
Bob Balaban  as Uncle Nick an uncle and business partner to Cadazio
Guillaume Gallienne  as Mr. B
Hippolyte Girardot  as Chou-fleur
Benicio Del Toro  as Moses Rosenthaler
Fisher Stevens  as Legal Advisor
Griffin Dunne  as Story Editor
Morgane Polanski  as Main Splatter School Girl Friend
Toheeb Jimoh  as Cadet 1
Denis MĂ©nochet
Anjelica Bette Fellini  as Proof Reader
Steve Park  as Lieutenant Nescafier
Wallace Wolodarsky  as Cheery Writer
Maud Druine
FĂ©lix Moati
Benjamin Lavernhe
Antonia Desplat
Vincent Macaigne
Sam Haygarth  as Robouchon
Samuel Blenkin  as Cadet Vaugirard
Tom Hudson
Stéphane Bak
Nicholas Croucher  as Cadet 2
Pablo Pauly
Gabriel Ryan  as Gabriel (as Ryan)
Alexandre Steiger  as Bearded Doctor
Nicolas Avinée
Mohamed Belhadjine  as Mitch Mitch
Winsen Ait Hellal  as Gigi
Ilona Petiet

Release date

When is The French Dispatch movie release date?

"The French Dispatch" movie release date was scheduled to be on July 12, 2021 (Cannes) and on October 22, 2021 (United States) distributing by Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Argentina, Kinomania and Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR).


What are The French Dispatch filming details?

The duration of the film is 103 minutes. The film's budget is $25 million.

"The French Dispatch" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in November 2018, in the city of AngoulĂȘme (South-West France) and wrapped in March 2019.


What are critics and audiences saying about The French Dispatch movie?

"The French Dispatch" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 86/100.

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