The 2016 Cannes Film Festival will feature stars galore

George ClooneyIt’s going to be a star-studded, fashion-filled two weeks in the French Riviera this year.

The organizers for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival have released the full, official lineup of films — and it’s a diverse roster from the likes of such megastars as George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Julia Roberts and Sean Penn.

As previously reported, the opening film will be Woody Allen’s Café Society (screening out of competition), which stars Jesse Eisenberg as a wannabe-director new to Hollywood and Kristen Stewart as the girl he falls in love with. Café Society isn’t the only film Kristen will be representing this year, as she’s also starring in the French drama Personal Shopper, one of the 25 Official Selections and directed by Clouds of Sils Maria‘s Olivier 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 the statement.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts will open the second night of festivities with their thriller Money Monster, the first directorial turn from Jodie Foster after The Beaver. This will also mark Julia’s debut at the festival and George’s first appearance since 2007’s Ocean’s Twelve.

The Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe-starring comedy The Nice Guys, about a down-on-his-luck private eye and a hired enforcer who unknowingly uncover a porn conspiracy in 1970s Los Angeles, will be next to hit the festival circuit.

For the first time since 2001’s The Pledge, Sean Penn will once again offer up a film, the drama The Last Face, co-starring ex-girlfriend Charlize Theron, Blue is the Warmest Color‘s Adèle Exarchopoulos, Javier Bardem and Jean Reno.

Directing legend Steven Spielberg will also be on hand to premiere his 3D animated adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children’s book, The BFG, starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance and newcomer Ruby Barnhill.

Other celebs with films screening at the festival include Marion Cotillard (From the Land of the Moon), Adam Driver (Paterson), Juliette Binoche (Slack Bay), Lily Rose-Depp (The Dancer), Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Mel Gibson (Blood Father), Robert De Niro (Hands of Stone) and many more.

This year’s jury is headed up by Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, and will include stars such as Kirsten Dunst, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Paradis and Mads Mikkelsen.

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

~Shelby Morton

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  1. Catherine • May 12, 2016 @ 10:48 PM

    Viggo’s new film looks really good, I’ll definitely go to see that one when it comes out.

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