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Bill Murray made a surprise appearance at the LFF – and brought news

A full-force Murricane hit the South Bank last night

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

On the basis that it’s not a party until Bill Murray shows up in a surprising hat, the London Film Festival really kicked into gear last night. 

The legendary New Yorker made the trip to London from Spain to introduce his long-time collaborator Wes Anderson’s latest movie to the festival crowds. ‘The French Dispatch’ has Murray playing the editor of a New Yorker-like periodical based in, well, you know, France. 

Murray even revealed the name of his next Anderson project – it’s called ‘Asteroid City’ – while he was there. ‘It’s the usual cast of characters,’ he said during the screening Q&A. ‘We’re shooting it in Spain, about 45 minutes from Madrid. It’s fun out there; we’re having a nice time.’

Bill Murray
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On board for this one are Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, as well as old Anderson hands Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.

‘The French Dispatch’ is another Anderson joint with a well-stocked cast, including – deep breath – Brody, Swinton, Léa Seydoux and her ‘No Time to Die’ co-star Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Benicio del Toro. 

Murray was joined by locals Rupert Friend, Alex Lawther and Jarvis Cocker, who provides a ’60s-style Gallic pop song in the movie.

For Wes-heads keen for a deeper dive into the meticulously conceived and designed world of the film, there’s also a new exhibition opening at 180 The Strand on Thursday October 14 Thursday. Expect sets, props, costumes, artwork and even a fully functioning French café. Magnifique!

‘The French Dispatch’ is out in UK cinemas on October 22. Read our review here.

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