Lovers of journalism rejoice! At long last, the first “The French Dispatch” clip, featuring Timothée Chalamet and Frances McDormand, has finally dropped. The hilarious trailer features a naked Chalamet asking McDormand if she could read an early draft of his manifesto.
Directed by Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch” follows three different storylines, as the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper creates its final issue. The clip itself features a scene from the second one of these storylines, titled “Revisions to a Manifesto.” McDormand is Lucinda Krementz, an American journalist and editor who lives in France, and Chalamet is called Zeffirelli. He’s a student, and Krementz is covering the student protests that have erupted.
The clip features Krementz editing the emotionally overwrought work of Chalamet, an awkward position to be in, heightened that much more when it happens to take place while nude in a bathtub.
In typical Wes Anderson fashion, the trailer is very reminiscent of the cinematic techniques he’s known for, mainly his symmetry, eccentricity. Be sure to watch the clip above!
Following a delay, “The French Dispatch” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12, 2021. It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States by Searchlight Pictures on October 22, 2021.