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Break out the Sharpies and selfie sticks, it’s Toronto International Film Festival time again and the world’s biggest stars are about to make a mass migration from Hollywood to Toronto. From galas to indies, the celebrities will go north to promote their new projects before crowds of Canadian fans.
Here’s who you can expect to see in Toronto for TIFF 2019.
More biopic goodness comes in the form of Ford v Ferrari in which 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold brings Bale and Damon together to play rivals in the legendary, willpower-testing endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans. The film is set in 1966, before Nespresso coffee makers had even been invented. How did those drivers manage to stay awake? Ask Damon or Bale when you bump into them at a Toronto Starbucks.
Is this the most buzzed-about film coming to TIFF this year? We’d say… uh, yeah. Director Todd Phillips’ origin story will teach us what happens when cruelty pushes a person over the edge. Spoiler alert: they become iconic comic book supervillain, The Joker. Look for Phoenix, starring as the film’s titular character, hanging out in The Six this September.
In The Aeronauts, director Tom Harper gives The Theory of Everything’s headlining stars an opportunity to reunite. Staying within the world of scientific biopics, this time Jones and Redmayne take up the story of scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), a daring adventurer who attempts to make his discoveries high up in the atmosphere with the help of a hot air balloon piloted by fictional character, Amelia Wren (Jones).
TIFF regular Olivier Assayas is back this year with a film that stars the always excellent Penélope Cruz. Wasp Network is about a group of ‘90s-era Cubans and their ties to the rapidly imploding Soviet Union. Gael García Bernal and Edgar Ramirez are also in the film and could be touching down in Toronto, too.
There have been so many political scandals (we’re looking at you, America) since the story of the Panama Papers broke that you’d be forgiven for forgetting all about the 2015 leak that revealed a massive network of international money launderers. Let the legendary Meryl Streep (along with co-star Antonio Banderas and director Steven Soderbergh) remind you when she arrives in Toronto for the film’s North American premiere.
Director John Crowley (Brooklyn) helms the year’s most talked-about novel adaptation with his take on author Donna Tartt’s mega-bestseller, The Goldfinch. Ansel Elgort tackles the movie’s biggest role, but Nicole Kidman will be appearing in Toronto to some of the Festival’s biggest crowds of adoring fans.
Anyone that read the viral New York Magazine article about a group of New York strippers who conspired to separate their Wall Street clients from the contents of their bank accounts will be psyched to see director Lorene Scafaria’s take on the story — especially because it stars Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, and Constance Wu. See you in Toronto, J-Lo.
Tom Hanks will be in Toronto to support the Mr. Rogers biopic, A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, who star in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, will also walk the King St. red carpets. And an all-star cast including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Don Johnson will be here to rep Knives Out, the latest movie from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
TIFF 2019 takes place between September 5–15 in Toronto. Tickets go on sale to the public September 2 and can be purchased online here.