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Coen brothers 'get Cannes slot'
Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans at the US premiere
The film's world premiere took place in Los Angeles on Friday
The Coen brothers' latest film, The Ladykillers, is to have its European premiere at the Cannes film festival in May, reports ScreenDaily.

The remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy, starring Tom Hanks in Alec Guinness' original role, will be screened on 18 May, the industry website reports.

It will be Hanks' first film at Cannes, although it is the Coen brothers' sixth movie in competition at the event.

Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education will open the festival on 12 May.

The original film features a gang of crooks who take over a house in London and use it as a base from which to plot a large robbery.

The Coen brothers have shifted the setting to southern USA and have cast Irma P Hall as the landlady - this time a staunchly religious woman.

Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen has a co-directing credit for the first time
The film stars Marlon Wayans, JK Simmons, Ryan Hurst and Tzi Ma as the other gang members alongside Hanks.

The Ladykillers also gives Ethan Coen a co-directing credit for the first time - usually Joel takes the directing credit, while Ethan is the producer. Both are credited as writers.

The pair won Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or, in 1991 for their film Barton Fink, which also honoured them with the directing prize.

They also won the directing prize for Fargo in 1996 and in 2001 for The Man Who Wasn't There.

The Ladykillers opens across France on 19 May. The film had its US premiere on Friday and is due for general release in the US on 26 March.

The Cannes festival ends on 23 May with the world premiere of Irwin Winkler's biopic of Cole Porter, De-Lovely.

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