Russell Crowe, Shia LaBeouf and Sean Penn are headed to the South of France for the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Crowe's "Robin Hood" will open the festivities, which run May 12 to May 23.
The full lineup for the festival has just been announced, and it includes Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," in which LaBeouf stars; "Fair Game," starring Penn; and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." After showing their film at Sundance, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling will bring "Blue Valentine" to the French resort town. Tim Burton will lead the judges' panel, which includes Benicio Del Toro and Kate Beckinsale.
"Robin Hood" marks the fifth collaboration between Crowe and director Ridley Scott, whose joint efforts include such films as "Gladiator," "American Gangster" and "Body of Lies." "Robin Hood" is not slated for the competition portion of the festival, nor are "Wall Street" and "Dark Stranger."
Stone's film picks up years after the conclusion of the original 1987 "Wall Street," which won Michael Douglas an Oscar. Douglas returns for the sequel, joining LaBeouf and recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan. Starring Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto, "Dark Stranger" returns Allen to Cannes, where he received a lifetime-achievement award in 2002. Anticipation is high for "Fair Game," which pairs Watts and Penn in a film about the controversial outing of CIA spy Valerie Plame.
If the star power set for Cannes is not as notable as it has been in years past, the festival can set the stage for critical success on American soil. After nabbing the Best Actor prize last year, Christoph Waltz of "Inglourious Basterds" established himself as an awards-season front-runner. He went on to sweep virtually every ceremony and critics' group, including supporting actor wins at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
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