Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's black comedy "Birdman" will kick off this year's awards season as the opening film of the
Starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor who made his name playing an iconic superhero but is currently struggling to stage a Broadway play, "Birdman" will premiere in competition at the festival on Aug. 27.
The star-studded cast also includes Edward Norton,
Like last year's festival opener,
Among the many intriguing elements of "Birdman" are the prospects of Keaton riffing on his own past playing Batman, and Inarritu — known for serious dramas such as
"Birdman" marks Inarritu's second movie at Venice. His 2003 film "21 Grams," starring
This year's festival will run Aug. 27-Sept. 6, with the full lineup to be announced July 24.
Fox Searchlight will release "Birdman" in the U.S. on Oct. 17.