‘Troy’ planning to invade Cannes fest on 2nd day

WB saga to have special screening May 13

In what’s shaping up to be a strong Cannes Film Festival for major Hollywood fare, Wolfgang Petersen’s Greek epic “Troy,” starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom, now looks headed to the Croisette.

Warner Bros.’ Trojan War spectacular is expected to have a special screening on fest’s second day, May 13, the day before its U.S. commercial bow. Fest runs May 12-22.

Other U.S. selections receiving the Cannes spotlight will include DreamWorks’ “Shrek 2,” Disney’s “The Ladykillers,” MGM’s “De-lovely” and Paramount Classics pickup “Mean Creek.” While jury president Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 2” is scheduled to open in the U.S. and U.K. before Cannes, the Miramax release is expected to surface in a special slot on the Croisette. Event will open with Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education.”

Other Yank pics rumored for various slots include “The Woodsman,” possibly for Un Certain Regard; Warner Independent Pictures’ “Home at the End of the World”; “Tarnation,” which will unspool in the Directors Fortnight; and Michael Moore’s sure-to-be-controversial docu “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

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