This year’s Cannes Film Festival will feature three films starring former Potter alumni Timothy Spall (who portrayed Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail) and Robert Pattinson (who portrayed Cedric Diggory). The Mike Leigh-directed feature Mr. Turner stars Spall as the artist JMW Turner, whilst Pattinson will play the lead in David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire Map to the Stars. The festival will also feature a special midnight showing of Pattinson’s gritty drama The Rover.
Spall is thought to have been painting voraciously for three years in preparation for his role in Mr Turner. Little is currently known about the film’s plot, but it is expected to cover the later years of Turner’s life in which he suffered from depression following the death of his father. Entertainment One will release the film in the UK on October 31.
Map to the Stars will be Pattinson’s second collaboration with director David Cronenberg; he first starred in his 2012 film Cosmopolis. The film concerns the plight of two former child stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry’s relationship with western civilization as a whole. It is expected to be released worldwide later in the year.
We also happened to get our hands on a character poster and trailer for The Rover, which is due out in theaters June 13, and Maps to the Stars. You can check them out below, but beware, the trailers do contain mature content and language – viewer discretion is advised.
Both Mr. Turner and Maps to the Stars will be competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the film festival. Are you planning on watching these films when they’re released later in the year? Let us know in the comments below.