This year's Toronto International Film Festival will not be for the weak of heart. The festival already features Darren Aranofsky's "Black Swan" with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, "Never Let Me Go" starring Keira Knightly and Carey Mulligan, Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" with Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts, Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" starring James McAvoy and Evan Rachel Wood, "The Debt" with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington and Ben Affleck's "The Town" with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. Now, the festival has announced a slew of new films that will either premiere or screen and, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie notwithstanding, they will absolutely increase the festival's starpower.
Among word premieres, Megan "don't count her out yet" Fox joins Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray in MItch Glazer's drama "Passion Play" which will be looking for distribution. "Milk" Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black brings his second directorial feature, "What's Wrong With Virginia," a small town drama with Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Emma Roberts.
Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" is a supernatural thriller from screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Queen") that features an eclectic cast including Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr and Derek Jacobi.
The under the radar dramedy "Everything Must Go" brings Will Ferrell to the Great White North and Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" follow up, "127 Hours," will find James Franco walking the Toronto red carpet for the upteeth time.
As previously noted, Matt Reeves "Let Me In" will also make its debut at the festival before opening Fantastic Fest later in the month. Casey Affleck's Joaquin Phoenix doc "I'm Not Here" will screen just a few weeks before it's U.S. release.
Lastly, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington will make their second appearances at the fest as Massy Tadjedin's "Last Night" closes the annual event. The romantic drama also stars Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.
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