Cannes to Fete Lucas

Star Wars creator George Lucas will be honored for his career in film with the prestigious “Trophy of the Festival” at the 58th Cannes Film Festival. The honor will be bestowed aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 on Sunday, May 15, the same day Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith screens out of competition.

The Trophy will be presented to Lucas by Thierry Fremaux, artistic delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, and Veronique Cayla, the fest’s general manager.

Lucas will join the ranks of such previous honorees as Ken Loach, Max Von Sydow, Melanie Griffith, Philippe Noiret, Jeanne Moreau, Sean Penn, Alain Resnais, Gong Li and Gregory Peck. The ceremony will be preceded by a Lucas tribute film directed by Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes Film Festival.

The final film in Lucas’ beloved space saga, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith opens in theaters worldwide on Thursday, May 19. Following on the heels of two tepidly received prequels, Sith has been garnering positive reviews, heightening anticipation among the franchise’s rabid fans. And while the entry signals the end of the big-screen adventures in a galaxy far, far away, Lucas recently announced plans to produce both a CG-animated TV series and a live-action show based on the property.