TIFF Announces First Round Of Festival Picks, Including ‘First Man’, ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Widows’, ‘Beautiful Boy’, ‘The Hate U Give’

It’s that time of year again.

On Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the first films selected for this year’s festival, with some big names in front of and behind the camera.

The biopic “First Man” with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake with Lady Gaga, “Beautiful Boy” with Timothee Chalamet, “The Hate U Give” with Amandla Stenberg, and the period drama “Colette” with Keira Knightley are among the first round of films announced.

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Also included in Tuesday’s announcement are Steve McQueen’s “Widows” with a heavyweight ensemble cast that includes Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Jacki Weaver, and Carrie Coon; the film is based on a script by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn. The crime drama “White Boy Rick” with Matthew McConaughey, and Paul Dano’s directorial debut “Wildlife” will also screen at the festival.

Other high-profile announcements include the adaptation of “The Sisters Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix, the drama “Life Itself” from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman starring Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac, the followup from “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins “If Beale Street Could Talk”, and “High Life”, a sci-fi drama starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche as criminals sent into deep space.

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Other notable picks include “The Old Man & The Gun” with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, the Emilio Estevez-directed “The Public” starring Alec Baldwin and Taylor Schilling, and the Judi Dench drama “Red Joan”.

Early Canadian selections include the teenage drama “Giant Little Ones” with Josh Wiggins, Maria Bello, and Kyle MacLachlan, “Through Black Spruce” by Don McKellar, Stella Meghie’s “The Weekend”, and Patricia Rozema’s  “Mouthpiece”. Further Canadian picks will be announced at a later date.

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Tuesday’s announcement is the first of many, with future reveals rolling out through late August.

This year’s festival runs from September 6 to 16.



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