PARIS (Reuters) - BRAD Pitt and Nicole Kidman were expected to be among the famous faces on the Cannes red carpet this year, as organisers unveiled the 2012 line-up in Paris on Thursday.

Officials will be hoping that the blend of Hollywood star power and auteur from around the globe will help the world’s biggest film festival recover from the controversy of last year, when Danish director Lars Von Trier was expelled for making Nazi jokes during a press conference. Pitt’s latest movie “Killing Them Softly”, directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik, is in the main competition line-up at the May 16-27 event, held each year on the glamorous French Riviera. Canada’s David Cronenberg is also in competition with “Cosmopolis”, starring “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson, while the director’s son Brandon is in the smaller “Un Certain Regard” selection with his debut “Antiviral”.

Twilight fans will also be keen to get their teeth into “On the Road”, directed by Brazilian Walter Salles, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel.

Among its cast is Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, alongside Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. There are several previous winners of the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture up for the main prize again this year, including Austria’s Michael Haneke (“Amour”/”Love”), Britain’s Ken Loach (“The Angel’s Share”) and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu (“Beyond the Hills”).

Veteran French film maker and European festival favourite Alain Resnais, 89, is in the main line-up with “Vous n’avez encore rien vu”.