Likely to deliver some of the most spectacular images on the Croisette this year, Matrix Reloaded has been confirmed as receiving a place in the Cannes Festival's official selection.

The film, which is the second installment of the Matrix trilogy and is directed by the Wachowski brothers, will be given a special screening on Thursday May 15. Warner Bros will begin international release of the film immediately after the Cannes premiere

Cannes said that accompanying the film will be Larry and Andy Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci and Lambert Wilson.