Venice 80 will be the release with the fewest stars, now that’s for sure. In fact, this year’s Venice Film Festival is taking place in the midst of a strike by Hollywood actors, as well as screenwriters, that has already exceeded 100 days. Therefore, it is difficult to predict with certainty who will be on the red carpet. Starting with the announcement of the (very rich) program, it is director Alberto Barbera who is trying to bring order to what will happen next August 30th.
The latest update on the Venetian star situation comes from his personal Twitter profile. When asked about overall attendance, Barbera replied:All directors except Bradley Cooper. It’s still too early for the actors to know.” The American press had already foreseen that the actor would not be in his first directorial attempt – with the biopic “Maestro” about Leonard Bernstein. Cooper could be at the Lido this year as a director without violating his SAG-AFTRA membership, but he would choose to stay behind the scenes to help power the actions of his colleagues.
What international directors do we expect to see then? From From Michael Mann to Wes Anderson, from Pablo Larrain to David Fincher, and then back to Sofia Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos. However, we know that the highest expectations are placed on the actors. The Great Absent 2023 will be Zendayawho was supposed to star in the opening film, Applicants Luca Guadagnino, then pushed back to 2024. Instead Comant With Pierfrancesco Favino.
Theoretically, however, they could still land on the Lido because they are the protagonists of independent productions and therefore “allowed” to strike thanks to a series of special agreements: Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Caylee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Glen Powell , Jessica Chastain, Liam Neeson, Lea Seydoux, Joe Pesci, Lily James and Willem Dafoe. Let’s see.