Wes Anderson releases first trailer for The French Dispatch

The first look at Wes Anderson’s latest film is here.

The award-winning director has released the first trailer for The French Dispatch today (12 February). Watch it now via the player above.

The film is based on a collection of stories from a fictional American magazine in a 20th century French city. “The story is not easy to explain,” Anderson told Charente Libre in April. “[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.”

The French Dispatch features a star-studded cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Elizabeth Moss, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park and more.

The trailer arrives after a poster and stills were published yesterday (11 February) via The New Yorker, which is cited as the inspiration behind the weekly magazine in the film. The visuals have revealed the roles of the cast. Benicio del Toro plays an imprisoned artist and Léa Seydoux is his prison guard and muse; Timothée Chalamet and Lyna Koudri are rival students; Brody plays an art dealer and Jeffrey Wright is cast as a food journalist.

The French Dispatch will be released on 24 July. Read our guide to the music in Wes Anderson’s films.