Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is to be honoured with The Hollywood Reporter's International Artist of the Year at a gala event in Cannes later this month (May13).

The star of the new X-Men movie Days of Future Past will be saluted at a private event as part of the French coastal town's annual film festival on 18 May (13).

The award "recognises a rising global celebrity whose work has the power to affect entertainment around the world".

The actress says, "It's truly an honour to receive this award... I'm very proud and especially excited to receive this honour at Cannes."

Fan will be in great demand at the Cannes Film Festival - she plays a mermaid in Pierce Brosnan's new film The Sun & The Moon, which will be among the hot prospect movies pitched to potential international buyers.