By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 26, 2010 at 5:38AM
The Cannes Film Festival has selected its opening night film: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The period actioner will screen out of competition on May 12, the day it opens in France. Universal releases the Imagine film globally on May 14.
Written by Brian Helgeland (Mystic River), the movie functions as an origin myth for the Sherwood Forest bandit. Scott has shown his films at Cannes before, but not for a while: The Duellists screened in 1977 and Thelma and Louise in 1991. (Lets hope this one plays better than producer Brian Grazer's last Cannes opener: The Da Vinci Code, in 2006. Of course, the movie did go on to gross $757 million worldwide.)