A handful of stars, including Adam Driver and Jessica Chastain, will still promote films at Venice

Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver and more to attend Venice Film Festival amid strike
Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver and more to attend Venice Film Festival amid strike

Jessica Chastain; Adam Driver; Mads Mikkelsen

If you were really bummed about not seeing celebrities waving from Venetian water taxis arriving for the Venice Film Festival this year, well, you’re in luck. As it turns out, a few glamorous stars will be making the trek to Italy after all, despite the SAG-AFTRA strike that largely prevents actors from promoting their work. Previously, it was reported that Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla was granted an interim agreement to send its cast to the festival; now, several other casts have confirmed their attendance.

Per Variety, stars confirmed for the Venice red carpet include Adam Driver (for Michael Mann’s Ferrari), Caleb Landry Jones (for Luc Besson’s Dogman), Mads Mikkelsen (for Nikolaj Arcel’s The Promised Land) and Jessica Chastain (for Michel Franco’s Memory). That’s in addition to Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, and Priscilla Presley for Priscilla.

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“The Interim Agreement is a vital part of our strategic approach and was created for several reasons, all of which are aimed at protecting the interests of our members,” SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland explained in the statement. “The Agreement demonstrates to the AMPTP and the struck companies that independent producers at all budget levels are eager, keen, and able to work with our members under these terms.”

Interestingly, Italian news agency ANSA (via Variety) has reported that Kiefer Sutherland will also attend the Venice Film Festival for The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, the last film of director William Friedkin. Unlike the films listed above, Friedkin’s movie isn’t an indie with an Interim Agreement—it’s produced by Showtime and Paramount Global, an AMPTP member. We’ll see later this week if Sutherland does indeed hit the red carpet, and if he has some sort of special dispensation to do so.

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