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Theron joins film festival stars
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron will take part in an interview session
Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron and Alien star Sigourney Weaver will join Sean Connery at one of the UK's biggest film festivals.

The stars are set to appear at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), organisers said.

Theron and Weaver are due to take part in interview sessions as part of the festival's 60th anniversary programme.

The Edinburgh-born James Bond star Sir Sean plans to spend 10 days at the August event in his role as patron.

International premieres

Connery, whose 1967 film The Bowler And The Bunnet will be shown, will take questions from the public after the screening.

The 75-year-old actor recently pulled out of the city's Festival of Politics in a row over reports of comments made by the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer George Reid.

The film festival will this year showcase 163 films from 37 countries.

Some 34 movies will have world or international premieres, and 70 are UK premieres at what is now the longest continually-running film festival in the world.

This summer's EIFF - normally a 12-day event - has been extended by two days this year in celebration of its 60th year.

Artistic director Shane Danielsen announced that it would open with the world premiere of The Flying Scotsman, featuring Johnny Lee Miller.

Sir Sean Connery
Sir Sean will be taking questions after the screening of his film

The film, which also stars Lord Of The Rings actor Billy Boyd, is the true story of Scots cyclist Graeme Obree, a former world champion who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design, despite battling with mental health problems.

The closing night film is to be Carol Reed's classic Odd Man Out - a British film noir starring Oscar nominee James Mason as an IRA chieftain trying to escape from police after an ill-advised bank robbery meant to replenish Republican coffers.

EIFF began life in 1947 as a documentary-based festival, established in the wake of the Second World War.

Booking opens on 14 July.

The festival itself takes place from 14 to 27 August.

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