James McAvoy has been announced as one of the judges for this year’s London Film Festival.

The festival launches next month and X-Men star James is among those asked to join the prestigious panel for the competition part of the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Head of the judging panel is producer and former BFI chair Jeremy Thomas, whose films include The Last Emperor, Crash, Naked Lunch and Only Lovers Left Alive. He will be joined by Luc Roeg, Sophie Fiennes and Finola Dwyer for the first feature, documentary and best British newcomer competition juries, respectively. Others joining the competition jury as well as James include Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, producer Lorna Tee and Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas.

The festival has also announced that James’ film with Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, has been added to the screening list for October 17 at Leicester Square’s Odeon West End and that James will attend.