‘Bandits’ gets gala spot at London fest

Levinson, Willis confirmed to attend

LONDON — Barry Levinson’s “Bandits” will replace John Woo’s “Windtalkers” in a centerpiece gala screening at the London Film Festival. Pics pulled the switch after MGM decided to push the U.S. release of Woo’s movie back to next summer.

“Bandits” was originally slated to screen in a lower profile slot, but will now unspool Nov. 15 at the Evening Standard Gala, with Levinson and Bruce Willis confirmed to attend. Co-stars Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett are expected to join them.

MGM’s decision to delay the U.S. release of “Windtalkers,” and consequently its international roll-out, was triggered by concern over the public appetite for war movies during the current global crisis.

“Bandits,” like “Windtalkers,” is an MGM release, being distributed internationally through 20th Century Fox.

The Regus London Film Festival runs Nov. 7-22.

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