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Jessica Chastain Joins Jury of 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Pedro Almodóvar will preside over this year’s jury

Jessica Chastain has joined the jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 17 to May 28.

Festival chief Thierry Frémaux made the announcement on French radio station “France Inter” on Friday morning, just one day after the festival’s Official Selection was announced.

Pedro Almodóvar will preside over the jury this year.

“For the 70th anniversary, there are people who are part of the history of the festival, or who have been discovered by the festival, and who we want to have near us,” Frémaux told the radio station. He did not mention any other members of the jury. However, he did state that the nine member panel would be comprised of a fair amount of men and women.

Chastain starred in Terrence Malick’s 2011 film “Tree of Life,” which won the Palme d’Or. It also starred Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Last year, she opened the Cannes Film Festival alongside French actor Vincent Lindon.

On Thursday, the Cannes lineup was announced, which included Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. Noah Baumbach will come to the festival with “The Meyerowitz Stories,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler.