The highly anticipated film, starring Vin Diesel, John Cena, and Michelle Rodriguez, has already surpassed a huge international box office milestone, grossing over $250 million globally, including $203 million in China (as of June 6). The film, which will be released in France on July 14, will have its French debut at a beachside public showing at the Cannes Film Festival, which will be attended by delegates, Cannes locals, and visitors. The cast, on the other hand, is unlikely to show up.
Since Cannes head Thierry Fremaux promised Variety that a “planetary blockbuster” will debut at the 2021 edition, rumors and wild predictions have circulated as to what picture it would be. Journalists were expecting Fremaux to reveal the title during a news conference on June 3 where he unveiled the Official Selection. He informed reporters at the time that the film was neither “No Time to Die,” “Dune,” or “West Side Story,” all of which would be released in the autumn. (The film “Dune” will be shown at the Venice Film Festival.) Meanwhile, “F9” will be released in the United States on June 25.
Despite the pandemic, several major American films, including Wes Anderson’s star-studded “The French Dispatch” from Searchlight Pictures and Tom McCarthy’s thriller “Stillwater” with Matt Damon from Focus Features, as well as several buzzed-about indie films, including Sean Penn’s “Flag Day” and Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket,” will have their world premieres in Official Selection at Cannes. There will also include Todd Haynes’ documentary “The Velvet Underground” and Oliver Stone’s upcoming documentary “JFK: Through the Looking Glass.”
As previously reported, the festival will recognise Jodie Foster with an honorary Palme d’Or at the opening night ceremony, which will take place prior of the world premiere of Leos Carax’s “Annette,” which will be attended by both Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Spike Lee will preside over the competition jury.