Depsite Drake’s 11th-hour cancellation on the opening night of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers are still hopeful they can involve the Toronto rapper in his hometown film fest.
This year’s fest got off to a disappointing start for those who were anticipating an appearance from Drake on the festival’s opening night, with Drake scheduled to appear on the red carpet for the TIFF premiere of “Monsters and Men”, the new movie on which he serves as exec producer.
In a statement to ET Canada, a rep for Drake explained that scheduling commitments on his current tour prevented him from making the opening-night event.
“’Monsters and Men’ is a project very close to Drake’s heart but due to scheduling commitments on his current tour he, unfortunately, will not be unable to attend and introduce the film at TIFF,” reads a statement from a rep for Drake. “He wishes the film the utmost success and feels strongly about its ability to positively inspire dialogue”.
As Associated Press reports, TIFF artistic director and future co-head Cameron Bailey said festival organizers were “disappointed” but he understands that “things can change.” However, Bailey added that he’s hopeful that Drake will work with TIFF in the future.
“We’re hoping that since Drake is so committed to this city and so committed in a new way to film and to visual media, that there will be other opportunities for us to work together,” Bailey said.
“He’s producing now, he’s adapting the ‘Top Boy’ TV series from the U.K. for North America, he’s executive producer on ‘Monsters and Men.’ There are a lot of things he’s getting into now, and he’s working with young directors like Karena Evans,” continued Bailey. “So I think there’s probably something in our future.”