On a night committed to red carpet glamour it was inevitable that the leading lady might steal the spotlight, and so she did – but Alicia Vikander was in good company as the 76th Cannes Film Festival celebrated the launch of Firebrand.
The actress was present on the resort town’s famous Croisette having arrived on the arm of supportive partner Michael Fassbender, and she was joined by fellow models Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid and Naomi Campbell ahead of the film’s first official screening.
But while their presence threatened to upstage the star, Alicia stole the spotlight in a sweeping, sequin embellished gown as she greeted onlookers on the French Riviera.
Elsewhere Irina dominated the red carpet courtesy of a revealing bandage strapped top that drew attention to her famously slender physique as she greeted photographers on Sunday evening.
The model added to her look with a sweeping, low-slung skirt, while a statement necklace – glittering beneath the spotlights – served as an extravagant focal point.
Ensuring she claimed her share of the spotlight, Gigi Hadid, 28, opted for an elegant fishtail gown with a distinctive silhouette as she greeted photographers on Sunday evening.
An off-the-shoulder detail drew attention to her slender physique, while fully exposing the glittering diamond necklace that served as her most significant accessory.
Directed by Karim Aïnouz, Firebrand was receiving its first official screening as it plays in-competition for the prestigious Palm d’Or at this year’s ceremony.
Looking good: Alicia stole the spotlight in a sweeping, sequin embellished gown as she greeted onlookers on the French Riviera
Happy couple: Actress Alicia was present on the resort town’s famous Croisette having arrived on the arm of supportive partner Michael Fassbender
A screenplay by Jessica and Henrietta Ashworth, Firebrand is based on the 2013 novel Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle.
It focuses on the story of Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of Henry VIII, who was King of England from 22 April 1509 until his death in 1547.
The project is Karim Aïnouz’s first directorial work in the English language.
Firebrand was announced during the 2021 American Film Market, with Michelle Williams first due to star alongside Jude in the lead roles.
However, Alicia later replaced Michelle as Catherine Parr in March 2022, while Jude plays Henry VIII.
In May the same year, Sam Riley was announced as Thomas Seymour, Eddie Marsan as Edward Seymour, Simon Russell Beale as Stephen Gardiner and Erin Doherty as Anne Askew.
Filming for the movie started in April last year, with production taking place in Hadden Hall in Bakewell, Derbyshire until June.
Gigi Hadid looked nothing short of sensational as she stepped onto the red carpet at the Firebrand premiere.
Telling the tale: A screenplay by Jessica and Henrietta Ashworth, Firebrand is based on the 2013 novel Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle, with the story focussing on Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, played by Alicia
Project: Firebrand was announced during the 2021 American Film Market, with Michelle Williams first due to star alongside Jude in the lead roles. However, Alicia, pictured, replaced Michelle as Catherine in March 2022, while Jude plays Henry VIII
Loved-up: Alicia looked in good spirits as she posed with husband Michael, who looked dapper in a black dinner suit and a matching bow tie
Dreamy: The couple could be seen staring into one another’s eyes as they posed on the red carpet while they rested their hands in the smalls of each other’s backs
Glitterati: Alicia and Michael flashed broad smiles as they posed in front of awaiting photographers at the glamorous event on Sunday
The model, 28, showcased her jaw dropping figure in a strapless brown gown which cascaded behind her as she walked.
The garment clung to Gigi’s incredible curves and boasted a ruffled detailing down the centre.
She turned up the heat by adding an eye catching dazzling silver necklace and a number of coordinated earrings.
Gigi elevated her slim frame in a pair of pointed toe matching heels as she posed up a storm on the star studded red carpet.