With just 44 days until the start of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (oft considered the unofficial kick-off to Oscar season) the lineup has finally been announced. There's no doubt aboot it, either: there are some high-profile films and major Oscar contenders at this year's festival.
Kicking things off with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt
and Bruce Willis'
mind and time-bending
action thriller Looper
, the 2012 fest will feature films heavy on the star power, including Tom Hanks
in Cloud Atlas
; Bill Murray
in Hyde Park on Hudson
; Marion Cottilard
in Rust and Bone
; Keira Knightley
in Anna Karenina
; Jake Gyllenhaal
in End of Watch
; native Canuck Ryan Gosling
in The Place Beyond the Pines; Jennifer Lawrence
and Bradley Cooper
featured in Silver Linings Playbook
; and Gwyneth Paltrow
and Mark Ruffalo
in Thanks for Sharing
, to name just a few of the big names.
While there are quite a few anticipated projects being screened at TIFF (including The Perks of Being a Wallflower
, The Iceman
, A Late Quartet
, and Love, Marilyn
) perhaps none more than the latest efforts from filmmakers Terrence Malick
, Ben Affleck
, David O. Russell
, Mira Nair
, Noah Baumbach,
and Robert Redford
Redford, who knows a thing or two about the festival circuit, stars and directs Company You Keep
, a political thriller about a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf
) following the story of a wanted ex-radical activist (Redford
Malick is following up his Oscar-nominated 2011 masterpiece The Tree of Life with To The Wonder, a film about a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage falls apart, starring Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, and fellow festival filmmaker, Ben Affleck. Affleck (pictured) — whose hotly anticipated film Argo, based on the true-life story about a CIA "exfiltration" in 1979 to get six Americans out of Tehran — leads an all-star cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, and John Goodman.
The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (you can check out the full lineup of movies at the event here
) begins on September 6 and ends on September 16.
Watch Ben Affleck's Argo Trailer
[Photo credit: Warner Brothers]