United States legendary film Director, Spike Lee, to head Cannes Film Festival jury.
The Malcolm X and Do The Right Thing director, Spike Lee, will be the first black film-maker to take on the prestigious role. Lee has premiered seven films at the festival.
With COVID-19 still circulating at high levels in France, and the country making slow progress in its vaccination campaign, doubts remain over whether this year's edition will go ahead as planned from 6 to 17 July 2021, having already been delayed from its usual slot in May.
Lee, 63, has been a fixture at Cannes over the years, premiering seven of his films there and winning the second-place Grand Prix in 2018 for BlacKkKlansman about a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.
"Cannes will always have a deep spot in my heart," he said in a video message.