Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Main Jury

Pedro Almodovar presides over this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury

Will Smith and director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Young Pope”) will serve on the jury for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Pedro Almodovar, it was announced Tuesday. Jessica Chastain was previously announced as a jury member.

Among the other new additions to Almodovar’s jury are last years’ breakout director of Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade; Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing; French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui; Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook; and French composer Gabriel Yared.

Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Noah Baumbach and Todd Haynes are among the directors who will be bringing films this year’s main competition.

Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”) will head the jury for short and student films, while Italian-French actress Monica Bellucci will serve as master of ceremonies for the opening and closing night.

Last week, Uma Thurman was announced as the Un Certain Regard sidebar jury president.

The jury for the main competition will award the Palme d’Or and other awards on the closing night of the festival May 28.

This year’s Cannes runs from May 17-28.