Earlier today Variety
announced the first titles for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
— many of them highly anticipated movies. Rian Johnson's surreal time-travel tale Looper
will open the festivities, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt leading the way for the film's world premiere. The decision to feature Johnson says a lot about his ability as a storyteller considering the filmmaker only has two titles under his belt (Brick
and The Brothers Bloom
), both with several years separating them. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer will be premiering another sci-fi mind-bender, Cloud Atlas
, featuring a high-pedigree cast including Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon.
Audiences will also get to see Bill Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson and — brace yourselves Whedonites — the Buffy creator will be premiering his Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing. Terrence Malick's romantic drama To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem, will receive its North American premiere in Special Presentations — the fest's high-profile premieres category. Affleck will also be on hand to premiere his next directorial effort, Argo.
Monty Python biopic A Liar's Autobiography — an animated tribute based on Graham Chapman's autobiography of the same name — is one of several U.K. titles making their world premiere. Sally Potter's 1960s teen friendship story Ginger and Rose joins it, starring Elle Fanning and Annette Bening.
Popular novels Anna Karenina — the Tolstoy adaptation of the same name from Joe Wright, starring Keira Knightly — and Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower will also appear.
The list is exhaustive and exciting, so head to Variety
for the full lineup and see what Neil Jordan, Dustin Hoffman and Francois Ozon will be featuring at TIFF. Drop us any titles you're really anxious to check out in the comments section.