Rising actor, Timothee Chalamet, has signed up to play a leading role in Wes Anderson’s next feature film, ‘The French Dispatch’.

Chalamet joins Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Benicio del Toro and Jeffrey Wright who are already on the cast list. Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Léa Seydoux are all rumoured to be joining the cast but no confirmation regarding these three has come through.

The film is set in the 1950s and follows journalists at an American newspaper bureau in 1950s Paris. Filming has already commenced in southwestern France. It is being dubbed as a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centres on three storylines.

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Written and directed by Anderson, the film is independently financed by Anderson’s usual backer Steve Rales (Indian Paintbrush). No distributor is in place yet, but Anderson has a long-running relationship with Fox Searchlight (who distributed ‘Isle of Dogs’) so they are looking like a strong possibility.

Anderson’s last picture, the animated ‘Isle of Dogs’ was a critical success, as awards season approaches, it is being tipped for an Oscar nomination.

Chalamet’s next role to hit the big screen will be in Beautiful Boy opposite Steve Carrell. He will also star in ‘The King’ in which he plays King Henry V and he has also landed the leading role in the remake of ‘Dune’ and will also star in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’.