Kirsten Dunst Film to Premiere at Cannes
03/21/2006 AT 07:00 AM EST
The historical biography, helmed by Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola and with the Spider-Man star in the title role, is one of the earliest picks to compete for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.
Previously, it was rumored that Coppola wanted to premiere the film at September's Venice Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter says.
The period piece was shot in France and is described as a stylized – and revisionist – account of a naive Viennese girl who, in 1774, became the queen of France at age 19 and was beheaded by 35. Jason Schwartzman costars as King Louis XVI, who also didn't fare too well in the French Revolution.
Another American contender, in Cannes's Directors' Fortnight competition, is expected to be The Hawk Is Dying, starring Paul Giamatti, which premiered in January at Sundance. It is about a Florida auto upholsterer who trains a red-tailed hawk.
The 59th Cannes film festival will run from May 17 until May 28, opening with the world premiere of Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks.