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Can Han Tame Cannes? First Solo: A Star Wars Story Screening Will Be In France

Star Wars film to premiere at Cannes on May 15

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter posted news that Solo: A Star Wars Story will hold its debut (out of competition) on May 15 during the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Although recent films in the franchise held their premieres in Los Angeles, this is a sort of homecoming for the Saga, as both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith also debuted out of competition during the fabulous film fest.

However,’s Anthony Breznican reminded his readers that the most significant premiere at Cannes — at least for Star Wars fans — occurred in 1971.

From Cannes to Can

George Lucas, then a “nobody,” went to France to screen his first film, the artsy-dystopian THX1138.

There at Cannes, Lucas spoke to United Artists CEO David Picker. The young director pitched what would later become American Graffiti and what George described as “this sort of space opera thing. It’s sort of an action-adventure film in space.”

Brezincan explained:

Picker went for it. “He said, ‘Okay, we’ll make a deal for that, too,’” Lucas told me, snapping his fingers. “Just like that.”

Well, it wasn’t exactly just like that, but two stories give a pretty terrific synopsis of the journey of Star Wars from Cannes to can.

Interesting stuff, to be sure. Also interesting will be the reviews that come out 10 days before the official opening on May 25. Stay tuned…


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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