Bill Murray just joined the cast of Wes Anderson's new movie

It also stars Tilda Swinton and will be shot in Spain. Here’s everything else we know about it.

by Douglas Greenwood
19 July 2021, 10:15am

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Nature is healing: Tilda Swinton, arthouse cinema’s reigning queen, has just returned from Cannes Film Festival, where she appeared in no fewer than three (!) movies. That list included a Colombian ghost story called Memoria, the second part to Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir and, perhaps most excitingly, the new Wes Anderson movie The French Dispatch, in which she stars alongside Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet and Bill Murray. But in a Variety interview tied to the festival, she revealed that plans for a new film were already in the works. Yes, another Tilda and Wes collaboration is on the way, it’s set to shoot in Spain, and, according to Variety, her TFD co-star Bill Murray has just been attached too.

So what do we know so far about the trio’s next collaboration? Well, not much. But here’s what we’ve gathered so far.

What’s it called?

Wes Anderson has a tendency to title his films after the places in which they are set, or locations within them: think Isle of Dogs, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The French Dispatch. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if Wes’ latest project is a riff on something similar. It is worth noting that though the film is shooting in Spain (more on this in a moment), Tilda claimed that the film “is not about Spain”, which forces us back to square one in our investigative work. More when we have it!

Who’s in the cast?

As we know, Wes has a tendency to recast actors he is fond of, so don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces in there. Alongside Tilda, who announced her casting in the aforementioned Variety interview, sources close to the production say Bill Murray has been cast too. That doesn’t seem so far-fetched, considering Wes and Bill have worked together on nine projects prior to this.

Do we think we’ll see a repeat appearance from Timothée Chalamet in Wes’s new movie? It’s possible, but probably a brief appearance: we imagine he’ll be knee-deep in Dune commitments for much of the film’s shooting schedule.

Where and when is it being filmed?

Now this we do know. It was originally thought that Wes Anderson’s new movie would be shot in Rome this summer, with shooting set to start this month. But recently, the location shifted to a town called Chinchón, 50km outside of Madrid. Apparently, sets have been getting built in Chinchón that resemble old westerns.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais though, the movie is not a western. Usually, Wes’ movies have been kept under wraps as they’ve been shot on sound stages, but the outdoor locations of this new project suggest we’ll learn more when shooting kicks off in September.

What’s the release date?

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves! With The French Dispatch coming in October, you’ll get your new Wes fix soon. Don’t expect to see this new Tilda Swinton-starring project until late 2022 at the earliest we’d imagine.

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