'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Debut at Cannes

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Debut at Cannes

Apr 06, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Back in 2002, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones screened at the Cannes Film Festival, widely considered the most prestigious festival in the world. Three years later, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith made its world premiere during the festival.

Now Solo: A Star Wars Story (top) will follow in their red-carpet footsteps. Deadline reports that a special screening of the film has been scheduled in Cannes on May 15, ten days before it opens in theaters worldwide on May 25.

The Cannes Film Festival will open this year on Tuesday, May 8 with the world premiere of Everybody Knows, a Spanish-language thriller that stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The festival is known for screening the latest films by well-known international filmmakers, but it's showcased big Hollywood titles for years, as documented by Film School Rejects, including Dirty Dancing, Shrek, Up, X-Men: The Last Stand, Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull -- and Willow.

Yes, Ron Howard's action-adventure Willow, based on a story by George Lucas, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988. So, that sets a precedent for his latest effort to debut in France, three decades later.

Solo: A Star Wars Story follows the early adventures of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), along with a host of new characters, played by the likes of Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Woody Harrelson. It opens in theaters throughout the known galaxy on May 25.

For now, we wonder: how will Chewbacca look in a tuxedo when he walks the red carpet in Cannes?

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