The film's director, Ron Howard, is expected to attend the festival, along with the cast members Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, among others.
The match may appear odd at first glance, but Star Wars and Cannes do have a history. In 2002, the Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen-led prequel Star Wars: Attack of the Clones premiered at the France-set festival.
Solo, which began production with directors Phil Lord and Chris Mille, finished with Ron Howard and didn't get a title until October 2017, opens in USA theaters on May 25.
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The film was selected for participation in the festival by the Maharashtra government after screening 26 films.
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. This year Han Solo will get all the attention, and he's bringing along his pals to share in the glory (but not the reward of course).
Cannes did confirm on Thursday that "Everybody Knows", starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will open the festival.
The psychological thriller by Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi centres on Carolina (Cruz), a woman whose life is turned upside-down when she returns from South America to her hometown of Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children in tow.