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Lois Smith Joins Cast of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

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Film and theater veteran Lois Smith has joined the cast of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, per Variety.

Smith will play an unspecified supporting role in Anderson’s forthcoming tenth film, which reportedly started production earlier this month in the writer-director’s adopted hometown of Paris.

Plot details are still vague on the project, although we know that The French Dispatch will be a live-action film, Anderson’s first since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and that it has been described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris [that] centers on three storylines.”

The stacked ensemble cast of The French Dispatch also includes Anderson mainstays Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, as well as first-time collaborators Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright and Smith’s Lady Bird co-star Timothée Chalamet.

In addition to her ensemble role in Lady Bird last year, Smith made an acclaimed leading turn in the science-fiction film Marjorie Prime, which also landed on Paste’s list of the 50 best movies of 2017.

The French Dispatch is currently filming in Paris, and is expected to premiere early next spring via Fox Searchlight.

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