The French media reported this morning that Disney's swashbuckling Jack Sparrow centric Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will enjoy it's world premiere on Saturday May 14th at the Cannes Film Festival, before opening in France and the U.K. on the 18th and then in the U.S. on the 20th. . As Obsessed With Film are putting through their plans for Cannes this year, myself and Simon Gallagher have been playing many a prognostication game of what might be playing at the festival and several times we mentioned that Disney must surely see a high profile debut on the star-studded Croisette red carpet for Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz as being the perfect place for their new tentpole to bow. Le Figaro (via The Playlist) are the guys behind the Cannes report and it's not yet confirmed, though the full festival film lineup is due in on Thursday. Last year's non-competition blockbuster effort was Ridley Scott's Robin Hood which played on the opening day in Cannes with a simultaneous release across the globe. In other Cannes news, Variety wrote on Sunday that Pedro Almodovar's dark horror thriller The Skin That I Live In, his first movie with Antonio Banderas since the mid 80's, is expected to play at the festival, no real surprise given that every movie the director has made since 2004 has screened in competition there. Also cited for competition places are; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid With a Bike, Lars von Trier's Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg (didn't that trailer rock last week!); Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia; Finnish helmer Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope (about a newly elected Pope and his sessions with a therapist) and Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand that IMDB explain as thus;
A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.
With Scottish director Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton (who produced) and John C. Reilly, and based on Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel about a school massacre and Gus Van Sant's Restless for the Un Certain Regard section. Anyway we will find out for sure in two days time...
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.