Solo: A Star Wars Story to premiere at Cannes

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. Solo opens in US theaters on May 25.

The film follows the young Han Solo and Chewbacca's adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their encounters with a young Lando Calrissian.

The role of Han Solo, previously famously portrayed by Harrison Ford in previous Star Wars films will be taken over by Alden Ehrenreich.

Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo will also star in the spinoff.

Directed by Ron Howard, the new instalment in the franchise was written by Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who penned three other films in the franchise, along with his son, Jon Kasdan.

This isn't the first time Star Wars has come to Cannes. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith both 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.

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