Is this a rock festival or Cannes film festival?

U2 frontman Bono will definitely be at the Cannes film festival to support the documentary 5B, which tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the United States to treat patients with Aids.
U2 frontman Bono will definitely be at the Cannes film festival to support the documentary 5B, which tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the United States to treat patients with Aids.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits... The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to look like a dream rock festival line-up.

Not to mention Rihanna and a couple of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who may yet put in an appearance at the world's biggest film festival, which starts on Tuesday (May 14).

The opening movie alone, the tongue-in-cheek zombie flick The Dead Don't Die, is full of A-list musicians.

As well as Waits and Pop - who plays a rampaging member of the undead - it also stars singer Selena Gomez and rapper and Wu-Tang Clan guru RZA.

And that is all before the promise of John bringing his grand piano to the Croisette to play at the premiere of his biopic Rocketman.

With Bohemian Rhapsody taking more than US$900 million (S$1.2 billion) at the box office, cinema bosses are wetting their lips over the amount a film about the sex and drug-fuelled life story of the writer of such standards as I'm Still Standing will rake in.

Unlike the Freddie Mercury movie, which skirted around the singer's complex personal life, the John picture prides itself on its warts-and-all portrayal.

 
 

The singer - who has been frank about his struggles with his sexuality, drugs and alcohol - was himself deeply involved in the film.

Distributors at Cannes will also get a sneak preview of the first authorised documentary on legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham all spoke to director Bernard McMahon, maker of the acclaimed television series on roots music, American Epic.

"When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story," Page said.

Speculation is also rising that pop idol Rihanna - who is about to launch her new luxury Paris-based fashion house Fenty - could also turn up on the Riviera.

U2 frontman Bono will definitely be there to support the documentary 5B, which is showing in the official selection and tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the United States to treat patients with Aids.

Star pianist James Rhodes' struggle with post traumatic stress disorder after a teacher raped him as a child is also coming to the big screen in the forthcoming film Instrumental, with its producer Lionsgate set to unveil the project at Cannes.

Londoner Rhodes, who will be played by actor Andrew Garfield, had to go to court in 2015 to get a ban on the publishing of his autobiography lifted.