Orlando-Bloom-and-Forest-Whitaker-in-ZuluDirected by Jérôme Salle (The Burma Conspiracy), Zulu has been selected as the Closing Night Film for this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will be bookending the festival at the opposite end when it opens in mid-May.

And with Salle’s anticipated dramatic crime/thriller on the cusp of its debut, we’ve got the first image of its leading duo, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, to share.

Cape Town, 2010. A mutilated corpse is discovered in the city’s botanical gardens. As chief of police, Ali Neuman investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding the macabre murder of the daughter of former rugby champion Stewart Weitz, he makes a startling discovery. A drug whose composition is unknown appears to be the cause of the homicide…

Salle is directing from a script he co-wrote with past collaborator Julien Rappeneau (The Burma Conspiracy, 36), adapting the original novel by Caryl Férey.

Férey’s original novel, Zulu, won the esteemed Grand Prix de Littérature Policière back in 2008, which is the most prestigious award in France for a work of crime and detective fiction. Based on an original novel of such a high calibre, we should have a lot to look forward to here.

Zulu will be closing out Cannes next month, making its world premiere. No word yet as to when we can expect it to arrive in theatres, in the UK or the US, but here’s to hoping it will be following shortly after.