‘Ronin’ will preem at Venice Fest

DeNiro, Reno set for Lido appearances

ROME — Adding to the already hefty number of studio features at the 55th Venice Intl. Film Festival, director John Frankenheimer’s action-adventure thriller “Ronin,” about an international group of secret agents involved in a high-risk theft, will have its world premiere at the event.

The inclusion of the MGM release in the fest’s midnight lineup, Nights and Stars, was announced Thursday, confirming previous rumors that it would unspool as the section’s surprise film.

Stars Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Jonathan Pryce, Natascha McElhone and Sean Bean will be on the Venice Lido for the Sept. 12 premiere, together with Frankenheimer and producer Frank Mancuso Jr. MGM will release the film wide in the U.S. Sept. 25.

Also announced Thursday was the addition of director Abel Ferrara to complete the jury of Corto-Cortissimo, the fest’s international short film competition. He joins two previously announced jury members, French producer Georges Benayoun and Italian thesp Chiara Caselli.

Ferrara’s latest feature, “New Rose Hotel,” is one of four titles representing the U.S. in Venice’s official competition. The fest runs Sept. 3-13.

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