Carlos the Jackal will square up to Robin Hood when Cannes gets under way on Wednesday but volcanic ash could keep megastars and movie directors away from the glitzy French Riviera resort.
Carlos, about the notorious Venezuelan terrorist, at three and a half hours, will be the longest movie at the 12-day festival that opens with director Ridley Scott's Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe, who plays the medieval English archer who robs the rich, is among the bevy of A-list celebrities such as co-star Cate Blanchett expected to sashay up the red carpet. But with an ash cloud drifting across Europe, organisers are worried the Icelandic volcano might dim the festival’s star power.
Cannes was already rushing to clean up after a freak storm last week. But even if some big stars fail to make it, the show will go on.
Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps sees Michael Douglas reprise his 1987 role as corporate raider Gordon Gekko getting out of jail and warning Wall Street of impending financial disaster.
The theme of greed runs through the festival this year, with the documentary, Inside Job, delivering a scathing analysis of the 2008 crisis that brought the world close to economic collapse.
Around 10,000 movie industry professionals, 4,000 media and thousands of film lovers will attend.