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Meryl Streep to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival on Opening Night (EXCLUSIVE)


Meryl Streep will receive the honorary Palme d’Or on the opening night of the 77th edition of Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned.

Luring the Oscar winner is yet another feat for this Cannes edition, which will bring together a flurry Hollywood legends. Notably, George Lucas will receive the honorary Palme d’Or during the closing ceremony; Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis” and Paul Schrader’s “Oh, Canada” are playing in competition; and George Miller‘s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and Kevin Costner’s Western epic “Horizon, an American Saga” are playing out of competition.

The honorary tribute will mark Streep’s return to Cannes after decades. It appears that her last trip to the festival dates back to Fred Schepisi’s “Evil Angels a Cry in the Dark” for which she won best actress in 1989.

A notoriously private and discreet actor, Streep seldom appears in film festivals, and Thierry Fremaux, Cannes Film Festival’s chief, has been courting her for several years to get her back on the Croisette in an honorary role. Along with the gala ceremony which will pay tribute to her sprawling – and still vibrant — career, Streep might take part in a conversation while in Cannes. She will succeed Michael Douglas who received the award on opening night last year.

As previously announced, the festival will kick off with Quentin Dupieux’s “The Second Act,” starring Lea Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel and Raphaël Quenard. The opening and closing ceremonies will be emceed by Camille Cottin, who broke through in “Call My Agent!” and starred in “Stillwater” and “House of Gucci,” among others. Greta Gerwig will preside over the jury of this upcoming edition which will take place May 14-25.

The high-profile roster of movies slated for this year’s festival include Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Kinds of Kindness,” a stylized three-part story set in the present that reunites the “Poor Things” helmer with Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe; Jacques Audiard’s musical melodrama “Emilia Perez” starring Zoe Saldana and Selena Gomez; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Parthenope” with Gary Oldman; and David Cronenberg’s “The Shrouds” starring Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger; Ali Abbasi’s “The Apprentice,” which sees Sebastian Stan take on the role of a Donald Trump; and Coralie Fargeat’s “The Substance,” a female-powered horror film starring Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley from Universal Pictures and Working Title Films.