The Cannes Film Festival will see many movie stars parade this year, among them James Gray who will come to present “Armageddon Time”.

Armageddon time by James Gray
Armageddon Time with Antony Hopkins and Anne Hattaway

One of the most exciting directors

A James Gray film is always an event. Between Little Odessa, The Night Belongs to Us and The Lost City of Z, the filmmaker has established himself as one of the most exciting directors in the American film landscape. This year, James Gray will return to the Croisette with Armageddon Time, an autobiographical film that will immerse us in New York in the 80s, in the high school where he grew up. In front of the camera, a beautiful cast composed, among others, of Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong, just that. Enough to promise a magnificent red carpet, in addition to a potentially more personal work for James Gray.

Inspired by the life of James Gray

According to the author, Armageddon Time will also be warmer than his very beautiful Ad Astra. Anyway, the film is expected in official competition of the festival. The action takes place in the district of Queens in New York which is under the hegemony of real estate developer Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, the future President of the United States. A teenager studies at Kew-Forest School, whose father Trump sits on the school board and Donald Trump is an alumnus. “Armageddon Time” is inspired by the life of James Gray . The director of « Ad Astra » wanted to narrate the coming of age of a man born in pre-Reagan America. Anthony Hopkins, who won the Oscar for best actor last year for « The Father » by Florian Zeller, recently joined the cast of the feature film. Initially, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland and Cate Blanchett were considered for the roles.

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