Solo: A Star Wars Story is making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, before its worldwide premiere on May 25.
Deadline reports that the latest Star Wars film is the latest to join the roster of films in the Cannes, which had been heavily reported on. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, and Woody Harrelson.
This news is indeed a surprise, though the studio has not released a statement as of writing. However, Solo is not the first to join Cannes. The other Star Wars films that screened in the festival are 2002's Attack of the Clones and 2005's Revenge of the Sith.
The Ron Howard-helmed film is the second of the anthology, the first being 2016's Rogue One, which was a total hit to the viewers and which premiered in Los Angeles. It gained $1 billion worldwide, so Solo: A Star Wars Story has a hard act to follow.
Howard was a replacement for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were sacked because of creative issues. It was announced in June last year, and the duo revealed they were proud of what the cast and crew have created.
"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true," Lord and Miller said.
Days after the announcement, Howard was named as the new director for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Even with all the rigorous process the cast and the people behind the camera went through, the Cannes inclusion is certainly a nice news to hear.
The Cannes Film Festival will kick off on May 8 with Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and will run until May 19. The Asghar Farhadi-directed film is a psychological thriller that revolves around Laura and her family as they go back to Spain for a family reunion, but not everything will go smoothly in their stay.
Everybody Knows is only the second Spanish-language film to open the Cannes Film Festival. The first one was in 2004, Bad Education, which is directed by Pedro Almodovar. Other films who will join the prestigious event are expected to leak in the next few weeks.