Premiere movie magazine in France reports that festival honcho Thierry Fremaux has selected Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" to open the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Well we can't say we're surprised. All the signs have been pointing to a bow premiere at Cannes from the May 16th release date in France (the same date the fest kicks off), the starry red carpet ready cast and the fact that the beloved director has actually never been to Cannes to a show a film. But, it now seems Anderson can book his ticket and the festival line up is off to a great start.
Anderson's latest stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, as a young couple who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel and Bob Balaban round out the cast, and we couldn't be more excited. And if you can't make it to the Croisette not to worry, "Moonrise Kingdom" opens on May 25th. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16-27.