Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Debut at Cannes Film Festival

Asghar Farhadi receives the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011                  REUTERS  Tobias Schwarz Asghar Farhadi receives the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 REUTERS Tobias Schwarz
Doris Mccormick | 06 April, 2018, 16:21

PARIS-The Cannes film festival will open next month with Iranian master Asghar Farhadi's new film "Everybody Knows", starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the organisers said Thursday.

So far, talk of Solo: A Star Wars Story's production, which has seen the departure of its original directors, extensive reshoots and even rumors of an acting coach being shipped in to help its leading actor, has nearly threatened to eclipse the film itself.

The Ron Howard-directed origin story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

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The report is a bit of a surprise since the movie is a franchise blockbuster, which are rarely show at the festival, but there is precedent: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" was first shown at Cannes back in 2005. Early tracking has suggested the film will debut to a $150 million opening weekend when it hits theaters, placing the film as the fourth highest-opening in the franchise below the opening of the previous spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($155M).

Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton also star. This year Han Solo will get all the attention, and he's bringing along his pals to share in the glory (but not the reward of course).

His latest production, "Everybody Knows" (Todos lo saben), has now been chosen to open the prestigious French film festival this year.

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