The build-up to Saoirse Ronan's all-star comedy-drama The French Dispatch has begun with the news that the Wes Anderson-directed film will open in US cinemas this summer. 

The French Dispatch has been billed as "a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th Century Paris".

The film sees Ronan reuniting with Little Women co-star Timothée Chalamet in a cast that also includes Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and Owen Wilson.  

Ronan previously starred in Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel alongside Brody, Dafoe, Murray, Swinton and Wilson.  

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Studio Searchlight Pictures has announced that The French Dispatch will open in the US on July 24. An Irish release date has yet to be confirmed.

Ronan is among the nominees for next month's Oscars in the US. She is shortlisted for Best Actress for her Little Women performance. The Oscars take place on Sunday, February 9.

She has just been named as the Irish Film Institute's inaugural ambassador.

Her role will involve a three-year commitment to act as an advocate for the IFI's work in exhibition, preservation and education.

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