Spike Lee to lead Cannes Film Festival jury

Spike Lee will serve as jury president during the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.The BlacKkKlansman director and his team of jurors, which are yet to be announced, will watch all the films selected for the official competition and decide which should receiv…

Spike Lee will serve as jury president during the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

The BlacKkKlansman director and his team of jurors, which are yet to be announced, will watch all the films selected for the official competition and decide which should receive the Palme d’Or for Best Film.

“In this life I have lived, my biggest blessings have been when they arrived unexpected, when they happened out of nowhere. When I got the call that I was offered the opportunity to be president of Cannes jury for 2020, I was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time,” Lee said in a statement. “To me, the Cannes Film Festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world – no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema.

“In closing, I’m honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival. The Lee family sincerely thanks the Festival de Cannes, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux and the great people of France who have supported my film career throughout four decades. I will always treasure this special relationship.”

The director has had a strong relationship with Cannes since his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It, premiered in 1986, and his follow-up, Do the Right Thing, was selected for the official competition in 1989. He has had seven films debut at the French festival, with his most recent effort, BlacKkKlansman, winning the Grand Prix in 2018.

Lee follows in the footsteps of Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who headed the jury in 2019 and selected Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite for the Palme d’Or. The thriller became the first South Korean film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars on Monday.

The 73rd Cannes Film Festival is set to run 12 to 23 May.

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DeWanda Wise departs Captain Marvel

Actress DeWanda Wise has quit upcoming comic flick Captain Marvel.It was announced in January (18) that the 33-year-old would be joining Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law in the new Marvel Studios film, but scheduling conflict…

Actress DeWanda Wise has quit upcoming comic flick Captain Marvel.

It was announced in January (18) that the 33-year-old would be joining Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law in the new Marvel Studios film, but scheduling conflicts have forced her to step down.

Deadline reports Wise is needed for the second season of her Netflix show She’s Gotta Have It. The comedy is based on Spike Lee’s 1986 movie of the same name, with Wise playing lead character Nola Darling. It was renewed for another series in January.

Larson, who was cast as Captain Marvel and her alter-ego Carol Danvers in 2016, had excitedly tweeted Wise earlier this year: “CONGRATULATIONS #DEWANDAWISE IM (sic) SO EXCITED!!!!!”

It’s not known who Wise was slated to play or who’s taking over the role. The plot is being kept largely under wraps, though it will take place in the ‘90s, before other Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

It’s due for release next year and will follow Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident – leading to her developing superpowers.

English actress Gemma Chan was the latest casting addition to the film, boarding the movie in February.

The Humans star confirmed the news on social media, tweeting: “Very excited to be joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) #CaptainMarvel.”

Chan can next be seen opposite Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots, while Oscar winner Larson doesn’t have any upcoming projects other than her Marvel commitments, including the untitled 2019 Avengers movie.

Law, Jackson and Mendelsohn have numerous projects currently in production, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will see Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore. As for Jackson, he’s busy with a sequel to 2000 movie Shaft, and Mendelsohn will be playing the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a new star-studded Robin Hood retelling.

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