Throughout the years, the Cannes Film Festival has called on Steven Spielberg numerous times to head its jury. Having always been working on a film at the time of request, the three-time Academy Award-winning director has been unable to commit. Well, with the shoot of his upcoming sci-fi epic Robopocalypse now being postponed, Spielberg finally has his chance. In a recent news release, Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, remarked on the big announcement: “I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told 'E.T., phone home,' I understood and immediately replied: 'At last!'"

Dubbed a “Cannes regular”, Spielberg was first honoured by the renowned festival back in 1974, when his debut feature film, The Sugarland Express, won Best Screenplay. Here is the Lincoln director on his most recent honour: “The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of E.T., is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career. For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival will run from May 15th-26th of this year.