Hold onto your hats, because the red carpets of the Venice Film Festival are about to be graced by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and beyond. The official word is out, and it’s a glittering roster that includes the likes of Adam Driver, Caleb Landry Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jessica Chastain – a constellation of talent set to shine at this prestigious cinematic event.
The rumors were right on the money: Adam Driver is set to strut down the red carpet in Venice to promote the highly anticipated film “Ferrari.” In this cinematic masterpiece directed by Michael Mann, Driver takes on the challenging role of Enzo Ferrari, the trailblazing Italian car racing legend. Fans can’t wait to catch a glimpse of Driver as he embodies the iconic character.
But Driver isn’t the only one capturing the spotlight. Caleb Landry Jones, known for his captivating performances, is making his way to Venice for Luc Besson’s film “Dogman.” Mads Mikkelsen, with his magnetic presence, is set to embark on a journey to promote Danish director Nikolaj Arcel’s “The Promised Land.” And let’s not forget Jessica Chastain, who is stepping back into the limelight after her Oscar win, gracing the festival with her presence for Michel Franco’s “Memory.”
This star-studded affair doesn’t stop there. Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, who are breathing life into Priscilla and Elvis Presley in Sophia Coppola’s “Priscilla,” are also expected to make their mark on the Lido. As if that wasn’t enough, Priscilla Presley herself is adding her magic to the mix, promising a touch of genuine Hollywood royalty.
Amidst the glitz and glamour, it’s worth noting that all these incredible films have secured SAG-AFTRA interim waivers, indicating their independent origins outside the realm of AMPTP members. However, surprises are still in store. Rumors have it that Kiefer Sutherland might just grace the festival to pay homage to the late William Friedkin’s final film, “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” even though it has ties to AMPTP members.
The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has slightly altered the festival’s party landscape, with only one event cancellation – an Armani soirée centered around the enchanting Cate Blanchett. Yet, the show must go on, and the festival is set to celebrate remarkable achievements. Ava DuVernay, the brilliant mind behind “Origin,” will make history as the first African American woman director to compete at Venice. To top it all off, she’ll receive the prestigious amfAR Award of Inspiration, a fitting tribute during a gala dinner featuring performances by the talented Rita Ora and Leona Lewis. While stars like Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Niecy Nash-Betts, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga’s attendance remains uncertain, their presence would undoubtedly amplify the festivity.
Mark your calendars, folks! The Venice Film Festival’s 80th edition is just around the corner, slated to run from August 30th to September 9th. As the anticipation reaches a fever pitch, fans of cinema worldwide can hardly wait to witness this star-studded extravaganza unfold on the red carpets of one of the most celebrated film festivals in the world.