Timothée Chalamet is rumoured to be starring in Wes Anderson’s tenth feature-length film, a “love letter to journalists” called The French Dispatch. Allegedly, the film will depict a US newspaper office set against the backdrop of France during World War II.
Chalamet and Anderson would make an indie dream-team, with Chalamet’s charm and humble demeanour perfectly complementing Anderson’s quirky, pastel-infused aesthetics. Chalamet would also be a breath of fresh air in Anderson’s established circle of collaborators, including big names such as Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. There may even be other newbies entering the quaint world of Wes, as Benicio del Toro and Jeffrey Wright are also rumoured to have joined the cast.
Chalamet has had a pretty wild ride since his success in the dreamy Call Me By Your Name, becoming one of the most in demand actors on the planet as well as Hollywood’s latest heartthrob. He has even gained some Oscar buzz for his powerful depiction of a drug addict in the incredibly moving Beautiful Boy.
Many of the details of The French Dispatch are yet to be confirmed by Anderson himself, such as whether the casting rumours are true. Despite the haziness still surrounding the project some things have been cleared up, such as the now-disproven rumour that the film will be a musical. Only time will tell what the film will bring, but it is fair to say that a Wes Anderson film set in France starring Timothée Chalamet will be a guaranteed hit.
Words by Lucy Ingram