Solo: A Star Wars Story To Debut At Cannes Film Festival
In another move that shows that Disney and Lucasfilm are confident in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s just been announced that the film will premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival ten days before its official Memorial Day Weekend rollout.
According to Deadline, Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for a screening on May 15, 2018 at Cannes Film Festival. This comes as a surprise in that the film slate for Cannes has yet to be formally announced (although it’s expected that they’ll hit next week). This would actually make the film the third Star Wars movie to be screened at the festival, as both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were shown there back in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
A while back, there were a couple of sketchy-sounding rumors that Disney was trying to “write-off” Solo in advance – rumors which seemed a lot more like opportunistic hubbub to capitalize on the portion of the fandom that didn’t think fondly of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But everything that Lucasfilm has done since then has pointed to the contrary – the film was advertised on the Super Bowl, one of the biggest television events of the year, has stuck to its May 25 release date in spite of Fox putting Deadpool 2 in a similar release window (perhaps in the hopes that the Star Wars film would be delayed), and now having a premiere at an esteemed film festival. The movie will almost certainly get its second trailer in front of Avengers: Infinity War, which is going to be the film event of the year by a long shot and would greatly increase awareness for the film.
I have heard several good impressions from people who claim to have seen the movie, so it’s looking more and more likely that in spite of its production hiccups, Solo: A Star Wars Story will be a winner. Let’s hope that the people at Cannes think so, too!
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.