While the announcement of films playing at the Cannes Film Festival did not include ‘The Gangster Squad’, a piece by The Playlist suggests that Sean Penn is coming to Cannes with a new performance, and since he only has one film in the can…well…you do the math. This could possibly make a lot of sense considering Warner Brothers recently gave its prime release date to Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’. Could the studio be planning to launch Ruben Fleischer’s flick a bit earlier than expected? Hit the jump to see my thoughts, but in short…I sure hope so.
With the strong American presence at Cannes this year and a slight lack of large scale productions, debuting a film like this could really be the right move. The main concern with ‘The Gangster Squad’ is that it’s more of a crowd pleaser than an awards player, so if it got kudos from the festival, that could alleviate that issue to some degree. It’s possible (and perhaps even probable) that this rumor is just that and won’t come to pass, but I’ll be keeping my ears to the ground in case I hear anything more substantial…
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