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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Will Screen at Cannes This Year

We expect Han to wear his least scruffiest attire

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If you happen to be attending the Cannes International Film Festival this year, keep an eye out for the Millennium Falcon. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will be hosting a red-carpet event at this year’s event, ahead of the film’s screening at the Grand Amphitheatre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

This isn’t the first Star Wars film to present at the prestigious event, “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” screened in 2002, and “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” screened in 2005. 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). Don’t expect the film to win any awards though, the film is being presented Out of Competition, but the screening does mean that the cast will be hitting the red-carpet, and press will get a first-hand look at the new Star Wars installment.

The film was written by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, and directed by Ron Howard. Alongside Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, 2013) who plays Han Solo, the cast includes Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, 2007), Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys, 2015), Donald Glover (The Martian, 2015), Thandie Newton (Jefferson in Paris, 1995), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (The Iron Lady, 2011), Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, 2017) and Paul Bettany (Dogville, 2003).

Solo : A Star Wars story is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, the President of LucasFilm, with Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. The executive producers are Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

The screening in the Grand Amphitheatre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes promises to be an event for all fans of the saga and everyone in attendance. Solo is distributed by the Walt Disney Company. It will be released in France on May 23, two days before its release in the United States.

The Cannes International Film Festival, to be held from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 19 May will unveil its selection on Thursday 12 April at 11am.