Rian Johnson’s Looper Will Open the Toronto International Film Festival


As in past years, ComingSoon.net will be covering the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and hours before the official press conference announcing this year’s TIFF line-up< Variety have released an extensive list of the movies that will premiere there including Rian Johnson’s action-thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt as the festival opener on Thursday, September 6.

Other major studio releases that will premiere at the fest include Ben Affleck’s third film as a director, Argo, co-starring Bryan Cranston, which will get a special Gala Premiere, and Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant, which will receive a Special Presentation. Both those movies will be released by Warner Bros. shortly after TIFF.

Other movies premiering at the festival include David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, slated for release by the Weinstein Company, and Derek (Blue Valentine) Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.

Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit) and David Ayer’s police drama End of Watch (Open Road), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and MIchael Peña were also announced for the fest, as was Roger Mitchell’s Hyde Park on Hudson (Focus Features), starring Bill Murray.

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, which has yet to announce a distributor or release date, and Joe Wright’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (Focus Features), reuniting him with Keira Knightley, are other highlights.

Other intriguing offerings include Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing, Robert Puccini and Shari Spring Berman’s Imogene and many more.

You can read the full list of movies at Variety or look for the full press release and line-up once TIFF sends it to other outlets besides Variety.

Stay tuned for ComingSoon.net’s full coverage of this year’s festival between September 6 and 15.