Oscar season thickens: New film by Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival starting Thursday.
The Canadian Festival has a number of productions that are very much anticipated. The Guardian said Wednesday that, among other things, a WWII comedy by Taika Waititi’s New Zealand director Jojo Rabbit is expected in Toronto, which has already sparked controversy. The director of Thor: Ragnarok himself plays the Nazi Fuhrer, a little boy’s imaginary friend in Waititi’s “anti-hatred satire” featuring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson.
Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo and Cardi B are stripper dancers in Wall Street Butterflies, in which the wolves of Wall Street are plucked. J-Lo’s casting is already dubbed as an Oscar suspect. Lorene Scafaria, the screenwriter-director of the film herself, emphasized how much she appreciated the actress’ talent and play.
She has directed several works for the Toronto Mustra program. Marielle Heller writes and directs Mister Rogers about TV personality Tom Hanks’s biopic, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. And Kasi Lemmons plays Harriet, a film about the life of Harriet Tubman, in which Cynthia Erivo plays the icon of the fight against slavery. Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi accompanies Marie Curie’s play Radioactive, starring Rosamund Pike.
The director of the documentary Blackfish – The Story of a Swordfish Dolphin, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, presents The Friend’s drama, starring Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson.
John Crowley’s new film, The Goldfinch, an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will debut at the Toronto Festival. In the production, Ansel Elgort plays the young man who tries to process the death of his mother after he was killed in an explosion. Other stars in the film include Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Jeffrey Wright.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper – The Murderer of the Future director Rian Johnson arrives in Toronto with an Agatha Christie rendition. Starring in the Crime of the Fallen star cast are Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Colette and Christopher Plummer.
Charles Dickens’ adaptation of Armando Iannucci’s “The History of Stalin,” which debuted in Toronto two years ago, will also debut at the festival with Dev Patell in the title role.
Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are featured in Ordinary Love, and Steve Coogan is a billionaire in Michael Winterbottom’s rich satire, Greed.
Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland in the 10-day film festival that follows Venice and Telluride, and Joaquin Phoenix plays Joker in Todd Phillips’s extraordinary feature film.
At the Toronto Film Festival, the public will decide on the best work. Last year, the Green Paper also debuted on the pattern before receiving the Oscar for Best Film in Hollywood.