Saoirse Ronan has joined the cast of Wes Anderson's new film, The French Dispatch. Anderson has been directing movies for almost twenty-five years, and over that time he's assembled a tight-nit group of actors whom he prefers to work with, over and over again. While Bill Murray has famously appeared in almost every Anderson film, actors like Owen Wilson and Jeff Goldblum have also acted in several Anderson productions (his commercials included). More recently, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bob Balaban have further joined Anderson's inner-circle of trusted actors.
Still, with every passing film, it seems more and more actors have enjoyed their time collaborating with Anderson enough to work with him again. For example, F. Murray Abraham costarred in Anderson's Oscar-winning Grand Budapest Hotel and went on to lend his voice to the filmmaker's stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs this year. Ronan also worked with Anderson on Grand Budapest Hotel and has since signed on for his latest live-action venture.
Ronan confirmed she's part of The French Dispatch cast during a recent interview to promote her newest film, Mary Queen of Scots (h/t to IndieWire). Ronan didn't actually name the movie since, at the moment, French Dispatch hasn't been confirmed as the official title. Nevertheless, pre-production on the movie is already well underway and Ronan indicated she will begin filming her role early next spring.
The French Dispatch takes place in post-WWII 20th Century Paris and is said to revolve around the French outlet of an American newspaper. Anderson's script, which is apparently not a musical as initially reported, is further described as being a love letter to journalists that features three interwoven storylines. Murray and McDormand are among those starring in the film, as is Tilda Swinton (who's also collaborated with Anderson multiple times already) and, now, Ronan. Other cast members include Benicio del Toro and Jeffrey Wright - both of whom are working with Anderson for the first time - and Call Me By Your Name's Timothée Chalamet.
Ronan and Chalamet previously appeared together in Greta Gerwig's Best Picture Oscar nominee Lady Bird, where Ronan played the film's lead and Chalamet portrayed her (not so great) high school boyfriend. The pair has since reunited for Gerwig's Little Women adaptation, meaning The French Dispatch will be the third movie they've worked on with one another. Between its great cast and timely subject matter, Anderson's latest has all the makings of an Oscar contender and will probably be finished in time for 2019's awards season. With Little Women scheduled to reach theaters just over a year from today (on Christmas), that means Ronan and Chalamet may end up starring together in two serious Oscar releases within the next twelve months.
We will bring you more details on The French Dispatch as they become available.