Star Wars spinoff 'Solo' to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

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Star Wars spinoff 'Solo' to premiere at Cannes Film Festival
FILE - In this April 24, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard arrives at the premiere of "Genius", in Los Angeles. Howard is taking command of the "Star Wars" spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The French festival announced Friday, April 6, 2018, that the “Star Wars” spinoff will premiere out of competition at this year’s Cannes shortly before opening in French theaters on May 23. “Solo” opens in U.S. theaters on May 25. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — “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 U.S. theaters on May 25.

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.