Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will hold its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15th, ten days before the film has its global premiere on May 25th.
Alden Ehrenreich stars as the young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford, in this origin story set ten years before the events of ‘A New Hope’. Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton also star.
The announcement comes as the festival is finalizing its competition film roster with Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows” serving as opening night film. Nothing else beyond that has been announced, but Cineuropa has posted a report indicating several key films that won’t be ready in time to join the line-up.
These include Claire Denis’ “High Life,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life Of John F. Donovan,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” remake and Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers”.
Likely inclusions this year are Paolo Sorrentino’s “Loro,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman,” Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake,” Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Maya,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” Jafar Panahi’s “Three Faces,” Jia Zhangke’s “Ash is Purest White,” Lee Chang Dong’s “Burning,” Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “The Wild Pear Tree”.
One also possible inclusion is Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”. The film’s backers Oceans Films have issued a press release saying despite the legal actions the film is currently embroiled in, it “does not affect the release of the film” and “the film’s presentation at prestigious film festivals is imminent”.