The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today and there are a whole host movie showing of the best of global cinema.

But in the Official Selection, the movies that will battle it out for the Palme d'or, there is a real Hollywood feel to the line-up as some of cinema's biggest names will star in the movies that feature.

So here are a few of the big names actors and directors that you should be looking out for in the next week.

- Lawless

Director John Hillcoat will bring Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County In The World to the big screen later this year in the form of Lawless.

Set in the 1920s prohibition-era America, Lawless is the true story of the Bondurant brothers.  Brazen and fearless, these young rural bootleggers became legendary criminals.

Hillcoat has brought together an impressive cast that includes Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

The movie promises to be one of the best period movies of the year as Hillcoat brings to life the struggles of the time.

- The Paperboy

Matthew McConaughey is set to be busy this summer with the release of Magic Mike and Killer Joe but The Paperboy is another project of his that we should be looking out for.

The movie is the first project for director Lee Daniels since the huge success of Precious back in 2009.

The movie is an adaptation of the Peter Dexter novel and brings together a great cast that includes McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.

The movie follows two brothers (McConaughey and Efron) investigating a case involving a death row inmate (John Cusack).

Convinced by a mysterious woman (Kidman) that the inmate is innocent, the brothers embark on a journey that is filled with betrayal.

- Cosmopolis

Now Twi-Hards may be looking forward to Robert Pattinson returning to the Twilight franchise for the final time at the end of the year but before then he will be back in Cosmopolis .

The movie teams the Brit actor up with director David Cronenberg who brings the Don DeLillo novel to the big screen.

This is the second movie of the year for the filmmaker as it comes hot off the heels of A Dangerous Method.

Pattinson leads an all star cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel.

Cosmopolis  is a day in the life of Eric Packer, a 28-year-old New York stock market multi-millionaire, as he crosses Manhattan in his customized limousine to go for a haircut.

His cross-town journey becomes an almost vertical voyage, with bizarre occurrences and an authentic parade of crazy characters along the way, in a landscape that depicts the modern soul of the West at the end of the millennium.

- Killing Them Softly

Brad Pitt is also returning to Cannes a year after the success of The Tree of Life with his new movie Killing Them Softly.

This is slightly more of a hard man role for Pitt as he reunites with director Andrew Dominik, they worked on Jesse James together, and he also penned the script.

The movie is based on the novel by George V. Higgins and also stars James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Ray Liotta.

Pitt takes on the role of enforcer Jackie Cogan who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.

- Mud

Mud is the second Matthew McConaughey playing at the Cannes Film Festival this year as he teams up with Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon for the first time.

Mud is only the third directorial outing for Jeff Nichols but the film follows on from the critical success that he received for Take Shelter last year = he has also penned the screenplay for the movie.

Michael Shannon reunites with Nichols for the movie while Sam Shepard and Sarah Paulson are also on the cast list.

The movie follows two teenage boys who, after meeting a fugitive, make a pact with him to help home avoid the bounty hunters so he can be reunited with the woman he loves.

- The Angel's Share

Ken Loach is back at the Cannes Film Festival with his new movie The Angel's Share, his first film since Route Irish back in 2011.

The Angels’ Share introduces Robbie, an ex-offender and new father who embarks on an adventure with his new found friends to a whisky distillery and discovers that turning to drink might just change his life.

The Cannes Film Festival runs 16-27 May.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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