By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures, Variety
Cannes continues to look more open to Hollywood by selecting Robin Hood to kick things off for the festival.
More Hollywood Films for Cannes
Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, Robin Hood will play out of competition on the first night of the 63rd fest, which runs May 12-23. Scott's recreation of legend was always a front-runner for the opening-night slot. Its already announced May 14th Stateside release date aligned perfectly with its Riviera first-night bow.
Robin Hood isn't the only Studio-distributed film looking for some momentum from Cannes. Oliver Stone is working to get Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, a move that caused Fox to postpone the film's theatrical release from April 23rd to September 24th.
With so much attention from Hollywood -- three out of the last five openers were from a Hollywood studio -- Cannes is feeling pretty good right now.
"We should have a good presence of studio films at Cannes this year. That's a positive sign," Cannes delegate general Thierry Fremaux told Daily Variety. "When the studios have a film, they don't hesitate about presenting it to us."