Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will light up the already sunny boulevards of Cannes next month when they take their place at the annual film festival in the South of France.
The couple will present their film A Mighty Heart out of competition when the fest kicks off on May 16. In the movie, which Pitt’s company, Plan B, produced, Jolie plays Mariane Pearl, the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
(“The story unfolds like a mystery,” Jolie tells Entertainment Weekly. “You’ve got people collecting clues and trying to solve what happened. But it’s also very real and personal. We didn’t want it to be too melodramatic or too polished. We didn’t want it to be a typical movie.”)
Other celebs expected at the 11-day, 60th annual festival range from Jude Law and Leonardo DiCaprio to Jane Fonda, Quentin Tarantino and Bono, festival organizers in Paris said Thursday.
• Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and singer Norah Jones will set the red-carpet standard on opening night when they appear for director Wong Kar Wai’s romance My Blueberry Nights.
• Pitt himself stars in Ocean’s 13, and will be joined in Cannes by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and the rest of the cast for that film’s world premiere.
• DiCaprio is due to promote a special screening of the environmental documentary The Eleventh Hour, which he produced and co-wrote with filmmakers Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners.
• Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg will be seen alongside Eva Mendes in director James Gray’s gritty crime story, We Own The Night, which already has award buzz.
• Past Palme d’Or winner Michael Moore will present the world premiere of his latest documentary, Sicko, a critique of the U.S. health care system.
• Already generating demand for tickets: the weekend midnight screening of U2 3D, a 3-D film made during the band’s most recent Latin American tour. Officials say the film will be shown in a theater specially equipped for the event and the band members will be on hand to greet fans.
• Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin and a posse of other actors are riding in for No Country For Old Men, a sprawling Western adventure from perennial festival invitees Joel and Ethan Coen.
• Taylor Momsen and Gabe Nevins will skate in with director Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, about a skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard.
• After the film’s lukewarm reception from American audiences, Quentin Tarantino will debut a special, longer version of his Grindhouse episode “Death Proof” alongside stars Rosario Dawson and Kurt Russell.
Unveiling a poster featuring festival veterans Bruce Willis, Penelope Cruz, Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche, organizers also announced that this year’s nine-person jury, headed by The Queen director Stephen Frears, will include actresses Toni Collette, Maria De Medeiros, Maggie Cheung and Sarah Polley.