'Solo: A Star Wars Story' will premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May
Alden Ehrenreich stars as young Han Solo and Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'
NEW YORK – Solo: A Star Wars Story will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, bringing a galaxy far away to the world’s most prestigious film festival.
The French festival announced Friday that the Star Wars spinoff will premiere out of competition at this year’s festival shortly before opening in French theaters on May 23.
The movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler Han Solo and Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Thandie Newton (Westworld),.
It also features Paul Bettany and Jon Favreau, who will have a busy spring promoting their work in both Solo and Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters April 27).
This isn’t the first time Star Wars has come to Cannes. Two of the prequels — 2002's Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith — played at the French Riviera festival.
Cannes earlier this week announced that Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, will be the opening-night film.
The festival will run May 8-19, which means that the movie will just miss the chance to premiere on Star Wars Day, May 4.
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY