Organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have officially confirmed that the Star Wars spin-off Solo will be screened at the event.

While organizers are still trying to finalize the festival roster, the film will be without a doubt the biggest one to show at the festival. Solo will not be apart of the film competition, but will be part of the “Out of Competition” category.


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This is not the first time a movie from the franchise will premiere in Cannes. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith in 2005 both premiered in Cannes prior to their worldwide premieres.

The story will follow the origin of everyone’s favorite space smuggler, Han Solo. The titular role will go to  Alden Ehrenreich, he will play a younger version of the role made famous by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy. Donald Glover also joins the cast as a young Lando Calrissian. Other cast members include Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton.


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Solo is directed by Ron Howard, who took on the project midway through filming after the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left due to “creative differences”.

The film will be premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in a special screening on May 15. The global premiere will follow on May 25.

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The Cannes Film Festival’s full lineup will be announced on April 12, and will take place from May 8 to May 19.

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