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Timothee Chalamet in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch
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Finally, a date for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch hitting cinemas

The Timothée Chalamet-starring film, which premieres at Cannes in July, has suffered long delays thanks to coronavirus

It feels like a lifetime ago that we first watched the trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, before it was delayed, and then indefinitely postponed, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, though, we finally have a rescheduled theatrical release date.

According to Variety, the Searchlight Pictures film will hit cinemas on October 22, following its scheduled international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July. It’s also set to screen at the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 24 to October 10.

The “love letter to journalists” — which revolves around an American magazine in a fictional 20th century French city — unites a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Kate Winslet, Elisabeth Moss, Christoph Waltz, Frances McDormand, and Benicio Del Toro.

The French Dispatch will be Anderson’s tenth feature film, and unsurprisingly — going off the visuals we’ve seen so far — hits many of the aesthetic marks he’s established throughout his career.

However, Anderson isn’t hanging around to celebrate, and is already set to shoot his next film in Spain this summer. Sets for the as-yet-untitled project — including a mock train station and landscapes typical of classic Westerns — have recently popped up on the outskirts of Chinchón, a town in south east Madrid, following last year’s rumours of a romance plot.

For superfans of the director, the New York mansion from his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums also recently became available to rent, for a mere $20,000 per month.

Ahead of the long-awaited release of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, revisit the trailer below.