Hedge, X3, Scanner Bound for Cannes

Organizers have released the lineup of flicks to be screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, naming the DreamWorks Animation feature Over the Hedge and 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: The Last Stand among the official selections. Both of the eagerly awaited movies will screen out of competition, along with Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly and the controversial September 11 dramatization, United 93. The fest is slated for May 17-28.

Cannes ’06 will open with director Ron Howard’s adaptation of the best-selling Dan Brown novel, The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks. Linklater, whose rotoscoped Philip K. Dick adaptation, A Scanner Darkly, opens nationwide on July 7, also has a film in competition with Fast Food Nation. Based loosely on the popular non-fiction book of the same name, the drama features an ensemble cast including Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear and Luis Guzman.

Directed by Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas helmer Tim Johnson and Curious George Scribe Karey Kirkpatrick, Over the Hedge is based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and t. Lewis. The film stars Bruce Willis as the voice of a Raccoon who convinces his turtle pal, voiced by Gary Shandling, that the new housing development encroaching on their habitat is actually a goldmine. Other notable stars lending their voices to the pic include Steve Carell, William Shatner, Thomas Hayden Church, Nick Nolte, Eugene Levy and Wanda Sykes.

By all indications, X-Men: The Last Stand is a dark third act for the popular, vfx-laden film series based on Marvel Comics characters. Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) took the helm of this installment, in which lines are drawn between mutants when a cure for mutations is discovered. Frasier star Kelsey Grammer joins the returning cast at Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast. The film features visual effects work by MPC, Soho VFX, Weta Digital, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Rhythm & Hues and Kleiser-Walczak.

For a complete list of official selections and more details on the 59th annual Cannes Film Festival, go to www.festival-cannes.fr.