A potential Hollywood blockbuster will open this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. The time travel thriller, Looper, stars Bruce Willis and will be featured at the opening gala.
The LA Times reports the film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a time-traveling hit man, hired to kill his future self, played by Willis. Cameron Bailey, TIFF's artistic director tells the LA Times, "With 'Looper,' Rian (director Rian Johnson) has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can't wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer."
The CBC reports that this is the third year in a row that a non-Canadian film will open the festival. TIFF chief executive Piers Handling says for opening night, "you want a film that actually commands the screen, is entertaining, that people really, really enjoy and gets their heads into the rest of the festival."
Cine-Vu reports Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, will also be featured at TIFF.
A remake of another British literary classic Charles Dickens' Great Expectations will make its debut with Helena Bonham Carter taking on the starring role as Miss Havisham.
Ben Affleck's latest directorial project, Argo, will make its World Premiere at TIFF, based around the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran. Affleck also stars along with Rachel McAdams in the love story To The Wonder.
The LA Times reports a couple of long-awaited directorial debuts will be featured at the fest, including Stuart Blumberg who won an Oscar as screenwriter for The Kids Are Alright who directs the film Thanks for Sharing, a romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo, as a group of friends trying to recover from their sex addiction. Actor Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet, a comedy about four retired opera singers, featuring an all-British cast including Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly.
There are usually about 300 films that make the lineup for the prestigious festival, many have now been announced but there are still more to come. The TIFF website runs down the list of the films that will be featured over the 10 day festival that runs from September 6-16, along with information about how to get tickets.