The glitzy film festival unveiled its full lineup, which includes Money Monster and The Nice Guys

By Peter Mikelbank
Updated April 14, 2016 10:50 AM
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George, Julia, Blake, Ryan, Kristen, Lily-Rose … and Iggy Pop! Expect a bevy of stars to be out by night and day in Cannes.

Having already announced that the opening night would feature Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg in Woody Allen’s Café Society, organizers of this year’s Cannes Film Festival have packed on the star power, revealing the fest’s official schedule at Paris’ celebrated Lido. The fete will be welcoming back a few familiar faces, offering a roster clearly designed for stargazers.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts will open the festival’s second night in director Jodie Foster‘s Money Monster. The thriller features Clooney as a television financial expert being held hostage by a gunman, with Roberts as his producer. It will mark Roberts’ Cannes debut, and Foster’s first directorial turn since 2011’s The Beaver.

This will also be George’s first walk up the steps of the Palais since 2007’s Oceans 12 and – red-carpet watch!– his first since his marriage to wife Amal.

Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart will be backing two films at the festival: Aside from Café Society, she’ll also be seen in Personal Shopper, which reteams her with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Oliver Assayas.

“With two films in the schedule, Kristen Stewart will be one of the queens of Cannes this year,” said festival selection head Thierry Fremaux in making the announcement, also revealing that the lineup of 25 films wasn’t finalized until 2 a.m. Thursday.

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe will be at the fest to promote their crime comedy The Nice Guys, about two mismatched detectives in 1970s Los Angeles. Expect costar Kim Basinger to bring more glamour to the carpet when the film (which opens in the U.S. on May 20) screens at Cannes.

The lineup also features former couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron‘s film The Last Face, which costars Cannes revelation Adèle Exarchopoulos (co-winner of the festival’s best actress award in 2013 for Blue Is the Warmest Color), Javier Bardem and Jean Reno. This will be the first Penn film to screen In Competition since The Pledge in 2001.

Also announced:

• Lily-Rose Depp will step into the Cannes spotlight with La Danseuse, which recounts the rivalry between American dancer Isadora Duncan (Rose) and Folies Bergère star Loie Fuiller (played by French actress SoKo).

• Former jury president Steven Spielberg will premiere his 3D adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance and Rebecca Hall.

• Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on punk star Iggy Pop, the appropriately titled Gimme Danger, will screen at midnight. The largely independent director will also present his new film Paterson, with Adam Driver, in competition for the festival’s Palme d’Or.

• Other stars with films at this year’s festival include Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Marion Cotillard, Viggo Mortensen and Pedro Almodovar. This year’s jury, headed by Mad Max director George Miller, includes Kirsten Dunst and Mads Mikkelsen, among others.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday and run until May 22.