by John Mitchell
The stuffy old Cannes Film Festival just got a whole lot more interesting!
Get ready to see some of your favorite hunks suited up in tuxes and bathing in the sunny glow of the French Riviera because the lineup for the 65th annual fest was announced today and among the competing films are star vehicles from Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hardy and Brad Pitt.
Robert Pattinson swings into the prestigious film fest not with his latest adventure as Edward Cullen, but with the film he no doubt hopes will give him the career cred he needs to navigate Hollywood post-"Twilight," cult director David Cronenberg's anticipated "Cosmopolis." A dark and mysterious thriller, "Cosmopolis" is Robert's attempt to break out of the role that created him and prove he is a versatile actor who can do more than vamp (literally). Based on the film's trailer, we're about to see a very different side of the star (maybe literally). "Cosmopolis" looks super sexy—but not "Twilight" sexy; we're talking "I smell sex all over you" sexy, which is a very different thing—and its entry into the Cannes competition shows a lot of faith in Robert as a leading man outside of the "Twilight" franchise.
Another unlikely competitor at Cannes is Zac Efron, who like Rob is clearly hoping to break away from his current celebrity and prove himself a legit thespian with his role in "The Paperboy." The film has quite a cast—led Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack—and a prestige director, "Precious" Oscar nominee Lee Daniels, and tells the story of a reporter who returns to his hometown to investigate death row inmate's controversial case.
Zac's had some film success with romantic comedies like "17 Again" and the "High School Musical" franchise, but this role is in an entirely different league. It's unlikely that "The Paperboy" will include much of the sexytimes shirtlessness being used to sell his upcoming Nicolas Sparks adaptation "The Lucky One," so it's looking like Zac might finally be ready to pursue a career that has more to do with his acting chops than his six-pack abs.
Let's just hope he doesn't decide to keep those abs under wraps entirely if he wins plaudits in Cannes. Heck, even Ryan Gosling tosses us a bone every once in a while (see: "Crazy, Stupid, Love").
Another hottie set to hit Cannes is "On the Road" star Garrett Hedlund. Though he's enjoyed both box office success ("Tron: Legacy") and some warm reviews from critics ("Country Strong"), Garrett hasn't really broken through just yet. But that could change big time if "On the Road" turns out to be as good as we hope it is. To be sure, the film's got a lot of things going for it. It's directed by Walter Salles, who must have a shed for all the awards he has from directing "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Central Station," and co-stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Kirsten Dunst.
And, of course, it's got Garrett looking like the picture of dirty beat generation sexy in the coveted role of Dean Moriarty. If Salles stays true to the book, we might be in for an eye full of the handsome actor—let's just say those beats weren't a shy subculture—and we are perfectly OK with that.
For those of you who like your guys a little more mature, both Tom Hardy and Brad Pitt will also be premiering flicks in competition at the festival. Tom headlines director John Hillcoat's "Lawless," which pits him against Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce in a story of a Depression-era bootlegging gang being threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. Meanwhile, Brad plays enforcer Jackie Cogan in his director Andrew Dominik's thriller "Killing Them Softly."
So there's sure to be a hot guy to look for on the splashy red carpets of Cannes this year, no matter what your taste in men. Now, let's just hope the films are as good as their stars look!
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