PARIS: Hollywood actors-turned-directors Jodie Foster and Sean Penn will premiere their latest films at Cannes next month, joining a star-studded cast at the world’s most prestigious film festival.
Veteran director Steven Spielberg will also unveil his version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at the French Riviera movie extravaganza.
Foster’s Wall Street thriller Money Monster stars George Clooney while Penn’s former girlfriend Charlize Theron is the lead in his love story set among aid workers in Africa, The Last Face.
Women directors have their best showing for five years in the main competition, with three among the 20 competing for the Palme d’Or top prize, led by Britain’s Andrea Arnold, whose American Honey stars maverick American actor Shia LaBeouf in a film about the macho culture of a sales team.
Both Foster and Spielberg are showing their films outside of Cannes’ main competition in a year which is thick with Hollywood stardust.