Ahead of next week’s full schedule release, Variety reports that George Clooney‘s “Suburbicon” and Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape of Water” are expected to make their world premieres at the Venice Film Festival.
Other films expected to premiere include “Victoria and Abdul,” starring Judi Dench, and “Ella and John,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.
Fest officials previously announced the opening night film as Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing” with Matt Damon. The rest of the lineup is due early next week. One film that remains a mystery is Darren Aronofsky‘s “Mother!” After changing the release date from October to September, a Venice premiere seems more likely. Although many believe it will miss the line up. Also likely not appearing is one of the year’s most anticipated sequels, “Blade Runner 2049” from Denis Villeneuve.
“Suburbicon” is George Clooney’s directorial follow up to the 2014 film “Monuments Men.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for directing “Good Night, and Good Luck” in 2005. “Suburbicon” is a crime drama about a home invasion in the suburbs. It stars Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, and Julianne Moore. Clooney co-wrote the script with veteran filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, and frequent collaborator Grant Heslov.
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” debuted its trailer this week. That film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer.
A few other titles hope to make it into the festival lineup. Some of those include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Lean on Pete,” and “First Reformed.”
The 74th Venice Film Festival runs from August 30 to September 9. The festival has been a successful premiere point for a number of films in recent years. Last year’s “La La Land” made its debut in Venice. Others include “Spotlight” and “Birdman.”