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Saoirse joins “The French Dispatch”

Saoirse has joined the cast of “The French Dispatch”, a new movie by director Wes Anderson! She previously worked with him in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” back in 2014, as well as with actors Léa Seydoux, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton, who have also joined his new project.

We thought there couldn’t possibly be any more casting announcements for Wes Anderson’s already thoroughly starry latest, The French Dispatch. But it turns out there’s one more name we didn’t yet know. Saoirse Ronan, who worked with Anderson previously in The Grand Budapest Hotel, has confirmed that she is indeed on the call sheet – although she didn’t reveal anything about the character she’s playing or the size of the role.

As well as Ronan and Anderson, it also marks a reunion for the actress and Timothée Chalamet, with whom she starred in Greta Gerwig’s excellent Lady Bird. The pair will also both be in Gerwig’s Little Women.

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Anderson has already started work on The French Dispatch, his first live-action since Grand Budapest, after the stop-motion sidestep Isle Of Dogs. The new film is operating under a veil of typical secrecy, but is so far described as “a love letter to journalists” (thanks, Wes!) and set in the 20th Century in the Parisian office of an American newspaper (kids, ask your parents). Three discrete storylines will, we hear, weave their way around each other.

Benicio Del Toro and Jeffrey Wright are also in the cast, alongside some returning Anderson veterans Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Anderson regular Bill Murray, and we can just picture the Parisian party-crashing going on there. Rumours pointed to the possible involvement of Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt and Léa Seydoux, but there has been no confirmation on any of them just yet.

The film will shoot well into 2019 for a likely release in 2020.

Saoirse fits into Wes Anderson’s world


The Fairfax NZ News has published a new interview with Saoirse, in which she talks about “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and working with director Wes Anderson. Read it below:

“It’s a weird thing”, says Saoirse Ronan, that the first movie in which she used her Irish accent was set in a fictional Eastern European country. But that’s the world of Wes Anderson for you. Expect the unexpected, allow the familiar to emerge in an unpredictable way.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, the new feature from Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom), is a rich, funny and poignant comedy-adventure, set mostly in the 1930s, in the imaginary Republic of Zubrowka. Ronan, who starred in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, plays a resourceful young woman, Agatha, who works in a bakery. She becomes engaged to a young hotel employee and plays a crucial role in the righting of wrongs and the rescue of a treasured possession.

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