Ridley Scott’s latest feature film, Robin Hood will have the honor of opening this year’s Cannes Film Festival according to the Los Angeles Times. It was announced Friday morning that the newest adaptation of the English hero will premiere on the Croisette to kick-start the festivities.

The Universal production of Robin Hood will premiere on May 12th at the Cannes Film Festival, which is a logical choice by the event’s programmers because it has the right mix of prestige and mass appeal to promote the festival. Hood is directed by multiple Oscar nominee Ridley Scott and stars Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett as the title character and Maid Marian.

Scott previously attended the French festival back in 1977 with the debut The Duellists and in 1991 for Thelma and Louise. Historically, the premiere of Robin Hood will mark the 5th consecutive year that Cannes has chosen an English language film to open the festival. It’s also the first time since 2006 that they’ve selected an action movie, with the last being The Da Vinci Code.

In my opinion, Robin Hood has a talented cast and director who are than worthy to be handle Cannes’ big day. Robin Hood will premiere only two days prior to its American theatrical release on May 14th.

What do you think of Robin Hood opening Cannes? Do you think they should have selected a foreign language film?

Additional Source: The Wrap