On Thursday June 3, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival unveiled the official selection for the 74th edition, which will take place from July 6 to 17. If 24 films will be in official competition, with in particular the new projects of Sean Penn, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson and François Ozon in the running, a multitude of films out of competition will also come to flesh out this XXL version of a festival which wishes to catch up with “the white year “that was 2020.
The director of the organization, Thierry Frémaux, was also able to appeal to potential festival-goers by promising the public a “big Hollywood film shown on the beach of the Croisette”, as he had already suggested in the press, at the end of May. Once again, he did not give a name, but eliminated a few suitors.
“It won’t be James Bond, Spielberg or Dune”
By not specifying which film would come to entertain the juillettists and by immediately dismissing the eagerly awaited James bond and other remakes of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg or Dune by Denis Villeneuve, the organization titillated the curiosity of moviegoers. Opening the door to the wildest rumors.
Would it be Black widow, which is due out on July 7 (in the middle of the festival), or outright The Eternals, brand new Marvel superhero franchise, starring newly Oscar-winning Chloe Zhao? Some Internet users are convinced of this.
Will this be the new M. Night Shyamalan, King of Terror, whose latest delivery, Old, is scheduled for July 21? The trailer for this new thriller is already making horror movie fans salivate, and the presence of the critically acclaimed historic director would be a pretty logical choice for Cannes.
For some specialized sites and many fans of blockbusters lean for the last installment of the series full of testosterone (and the phenomenal success) Fast & Furious. The 9th episode should cast a wide net and delight festival-goers and tourists.
It should be remembered that this is the first time that the Cannes Film Festival takes place in summer, restrictions linked to Covid-19 oblige.
It’s a safe bet that one of these 4 proposals is the right one. But Thierry Frémaux held his tongue and should announce the lucky winner in a few days. Whether Scarlett Johansson in Black Window, Salma Hayek and her troupe of The Eternals, Gael Garcia Bernal terrorized by old age in Old or the big comeback of Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious, it is undoubtedly the event which will spill the most ink on the Croisette.
Regardless “big Hollywood movie” surprise which will land in preview in July, it should indeed bring its lot of American stars in promotion. An essential bonus for this 74th edition, which wishes to attract as many people as possible, although its organizers have called for the “prevention” and at the “caution” about the Covid-19 epidemic, “not yet defeated”.
And to think that it would only take one or two superheroes as mystery guests on the Croisette to bring the pandemic to the ground.