French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri stars in latest Wes Anderson film

French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri stars in latest Wes Anderson film
French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri joins the cast of Wes Anderson’s newest film. (File/AFP)
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Updated 16 February 2020

French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri stars in latest Wes Anderson film

French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri stars in latest Wes Anderson film

DUBAI: The trailer for US filmmaker Wes Anderson’s newest project, “The French Dispatch,” is here. With a star-studded cast that features Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and Edward Norton, the hotly-anticipated comedy is primed to cause a stir when it hits theaters around the world in July.

Anderson’s new film revolves around a group of journalists at a fictional American newspaper bureau based in a fictional 20th-century French city, led by Bill Murray in a starring role as Arthur Howitzer Jr., the editor of the “French Dispatch.”

Tracing three separate storylines, the whimsical film brings to life a collection of stories from the journal with the support of a stellar cast that also includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Timothee Chalamet and French-Algerian rising star Lyna Khoudri.

The 27-year-old is set to play a student activist and Chalamet’s love interest in the film.

The actress first rose to prominence in her role as Nedjma in Mounia Meddour’s “Papicha.” For her work in the film, she won the Orizzonti Award for Best Actress at the 74th Venice Film Festival and she was nominated in the Cesar Award’s Most Promising Actress category.

Khoudri also starred in the 2019 miniseries “Les Sauvages” and in 2016’s “Blood on the Docks.”

She joins the ever-growing list of rising Arab stars working their way up the ladder in Hollywood, such as Ramy Youssef, Sofia Boutella, Dali Benssalah and Mena Messoud.