McGregor was last officially on the Croisette with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith in 2005.
The Cannes Film Festival has confirmed that Ewan McGregor and French designer Jean Paul Gaultier will be on the jury of Cannes Film Festival, running May 16-27.
The festival said in statement the full jury would comprise McGregor, Gaultier, Palestinian filmmaker Hiam Abbass, British director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, Farewell My Queen star Diane Kruger, The Descendants director Alexander Payne and Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck.
As previously announced, Italy’s Nanni Moretti is the president of the jury.
Earlier on Wednesday (April 25), artistic director Thierry Frémaux revealed part of the jury in an interview on a Canal+ breakfast show.
McGregor burst onto the Croisette in 1996 in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, which screened out of competition but was the most talked about film of that edition. That year McGregor was also to be seen Peter Greenaway’s Un Certain Regard entry The Pillow Book.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, McGregor was a regular guest with films including Velvet Goldmine (1998), Moulin Rouge (2001), Young Adam (2003) and most recently Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith.
Gaultier will be the first fashion designer to sit on the Cannes jury. He has frequently drawn on cinema as inspiration for his collections and has also designed costumes for the films of Luc Besson, Pedro Almodóvar, Peter Greenaway and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
“We have a tradition of inviting people that we know are cinephiles even if they are not necessarily working in cinema. It’s important to have people with a fresh opinion,” said Frémaux.
The festival – which announced most of its 65th line up last week – is also expected to unveil another two to three titles in Official Selection over the coming days.