Ewan McGregor to judge at Cannes Festival

Thursday April 26, 2012

Trainspotting actor Ewan McGregor will join actress Diane Kruger and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier on the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The nine-strong group, which also includes Wuthering Heights director Andrea Arnold, will decide which film wins the coveted Palme d'Or.

American filmmaker Alexander Payne is also on the jury.

Among the films in the running for the prestigious prize are David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis and Walter Salles' adaptation of the Beat Generation novel, On The Road, which features Kristen Stewart alongside Sam Riley and Kirsten Dunst.

Also competing for the prize are The Paper Boy, which stars John Cusack, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, Lawless - a prohibition-era tale of bootleggers in the American south starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce, and Jeff Nichols' Mud which starsReese Witherspoon.

The festival, which runs from May 16 to 27, will open with Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Tilda Swinton alongside Bruce Willis and Bill Murray and is set in New England in the summer of 1965.


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