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Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has booked a slot at the Cannes Film Festival, with the Russell Crowe-Cate Blanchett-starrer screening out of competition on May 12th. That is the same day it will be released in France, and two days before its May 14 worldwide release through Universal Pictures. This follows Fox’s expectation to open Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which was cited as the reason the film changed its release from April 23rd to September 24th. Universal, which tried unsuccessfully to sell Green Zone with a Bourne Identity-like marketing campaign, has set up Robin Hood to look like the second coming of Scott’s and Crowe’s epic collaboration, Gladiator. After a rough run for Universal, the stakes couldn’t be higher here. A splashy Cannes launch certainly helped last year — Universal was a 50% partner on The Weinstein Co’s Inglourious Basterds — and could give a boost to Robin Hood and its producers, Brian Grazer, Scott and Crowe.