Panda, Maradona tipped to play Cannes roles

Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:22pm EDT
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By Charles Masters

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - The latest flurry of rumors ahead of the Cannes Film Festival next month concerns a fat martial arts panda and a trio of high-profile documentaries.

DreamWorks' animated comedy-adventure "Kung Fu Panda" is expected to kick and punch its way to the Croisette. Members of its voice cast -- which boasts Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman -- are among those expected to jet into the French resort to support the movie's slot in the official selection. The film opens in the United States on June 6.

Also hotly tipped to be part of the official lineup announcement, set for Wednesday, are a trio of documentaries headlined by Emir Kusturica's "Maradona," the long-gestating movie centering on Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona. The diminutive star is expected to roll into town, according to French media reports.

The Cannes doc list also is expected to include Marina Zenovich's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," which secured a prize at January's Sundance Film Festival. And James Toback's docu "Tyson," with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tipped to attend, is likely to feature somewhere in the program. The festival runs May 14-25.

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