Depending on where you are in the world, there are few things to be joyful about, but metallic Timothée Chalamet is one of them,
The 25-year-old actor joined fellow famous faces, including Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, for the premiere of Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch. The 2021 Cannes Film Festival is a bright spark in the current calendar, a chance for beautiful people to wear beautiful clothes in a truly beautiful location.
But once again, as he has done so often in the past, it was Timothee Chalamet (apologies, metallic Timothée Chalamet) who stole the show. The Call Me By Your Name star cruised onto the red carpet in a silver-and-gold Tom Ford suit, and underneath the metallic ensemble, he wore a collarless white button-down shirt and matching boots. Chalamet topped off the look with a pair of black sunglasses.
The French Dispatch has been the subject of much hype, with Anderson’s film supposed to premiere last year until COVID took over. The French Dispatch was originally due out in cinemas on July 24, 2020, but was then delayed until October 16 of that year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then, on July 24, 2020, the film’s release was postponed indefinitely due to the global health crisis.
However, on April 26, 2021, Variety confirmed it would premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs from July 6-17 and then the film will then be released publicly on October 22. The French Dispatch represents Anderson’s first film in three years, following on from 2018’s animated hit Isle of Dogs. The Life Aquatic director returned to the big screen with one big goal in mind: work with Timothée Chalamet.
“I had seen Timmy in Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name, and I never had the inconvenience of ever thinking of anybody else for this role even for a second,” Anderson told GQ. “I knew he was exactly right, and plus: He speaks French and looks like he might have walked right out of an Éric Rohmer movie.”
Chalamet joined Anderson and co-stars including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Benicio Del Toro, and Owen Wilson upon arrival.
Never one to be outdone – even by a metallic Timothée Chalamet – Tilda Swinton also floated into the French town with a magnetic look. Swinton wore a catching ensemble by Haider Ackermann, which included a cropped, pink satin bolero blazer and top paired with an orange floor-length skirt. The 60-year-old actress also wore green sequin sleeves underneath the blazer.
Between sequinned Swinton and metallic Timothée Chalamet, they made quite the understated pair, and we can’t wait to see them team up on the big screen for The French Dispatch.
What’s the film about?
A short synopsis for The French Dispatch reads: “The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch’ magazine.” The film will reportedly be set in both 1950s Paris and the fictional commune of Ennui-sur-Blasé.
Who is in it?
Wes Anderson is notorious for tapping the same actors to appear in his films (there is hardly a Wes Anderson film that doesn’t feature Bill Murray). Once again, the director has turned to his trusted collaborators with Benicio Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Frances McDormand, all involved.
Is it any good?
The film received a nine-minute standing ovation (that’s a very long time to stand and clap) at Cannes, though it’s unconfirmed if many of those minutes were reserved for metallic Timothée Chalamet. But yes, all early reports indicate that The French Dispatch is another classic masterwork from Wes Andrson, the king of aesthetic filmmaking.