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TIFF 2013: Celebrities to swarm Toronto

Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep to attend film fest

Last Updated: Aug. 26, 2013

Packs of celebrities are expected to flock to Toronto for TIFF, touting their upcoming films. Among those scheduled to appear: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Fifth Estate, Brad Pitt for 12 Years a Slave and

Keira Knightley for Can a Song Save Your Life. Scroll over the photographs of the actors and filmmakers in the grid below to read about what they'll be promoting at the festival.


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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston's Life of Crime will be making its world premiere at TIFF. The crime caper, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, also stars Tim Robbins, Mos Def and John Hawkes.

Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche

French actress Juliette Binoche will appear in Words and Pictures which will have its world premiere at TIFF. The comedy drama also stars Clive Owen.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Gravity pairs Sandra Bullock with George Clooney in a 3D space thriller. The film was directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage portrays an ex-con who befriends a teenager in Joe. The movie will have its North American premiere at TIFF.

Parineeta Chopra

Parineeti Chopra

Bollywood star Parineeti Chopra forms a love triangle with Sushant Singh Rajput and Vaani Kapoor in A Random Desi Romance.

George Clooney

George Clooney

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in Gravity, a 3D space thriller directed and written by Alfonso Cuarón. The film will be making its North American premiere at the festival. August: Osage County, which Clooney produced, will also be debuting at TIFF.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Rock star Alice Cooper will be coming to Toronto to support the documentary Supermensche The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Canadian comedian Mike Myers. Gordon has managed celebrities including Cooper, Blondie, Anne Murray, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

English actor Benedict Cumberbatch has recently been seen as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness and Peter Guillam in the film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He will portray WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming The Fifth Estate and also appears in 12 Years a Slave.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Indie favourite Paul Dano will appear in two films at TIFF. In Prisoners, he portrays a young misfit. Montreal's Denis Villeneuve directs. Dano also appears in the ensemble film 12 Years a Slave about a 19-th century freeman sold into slavery.

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg stars in The Double, a film based on a Dostoevsky novella. Eisenberg portrays a man confronted by his more confident and successful doppelganger. His film Night Moves, in which he plays a radical environmental activist, also debuts at TIFF.

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

In Parkland, Zac Efron portrays Jim Carrico, the surgeon who tended to U.S. President John F. Kennedy after he was fatally shot. Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ron Livingston also star in the film.

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan

Acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will premiere his Devil's Knot, which depicts one mother's despair following the 1993 West Memphis murders. The film stars Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

British actor Idris Elba's performance as South African statesman Nelson Mandela in The Long Walk to Freedom is already spurring Oscar buzz. Elba portrayed Russell "Stringer" Bell in the acclaimed American series The Wire and DCI Luther in the crime drama Luther.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender portrays a cruel plantation owner Edwin Epps in the highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave. The film reunites Fassbender with director Steve McQueen who directed him in Hunger and Shame.

James Franco

James Franco

Prolific actor and filmmaker James Franco will promote three films at TIFF. Franco directed and wrote Child of God, based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. He also stars in the film along with Scott Haze and Tim Blake Nelson. Franco also stars in Third Person as well as Palo Alto, a movie based on his short stories.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

British actor Ralph Fiennes portrays novelist Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman. The film, which Fiennes also directed, explores a secret affair Dickens had with a young actress named Nelly Ternan. The movie also stars Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

Colin Firth appears in Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot about the 1993 West Memphis murders. He also stars in the biopic The Railway Man about Eric Lomax, a British soldier who was forced to work as a labourer on the Thailand Death Railway during the Second World War. Nicole Kidman also stars in the film.

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis teams up with Owen Wilson in You Are Here, a comedy about a man who returns home to fight for his inheritance after his father's death. The film is directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal appears in two films at TIFF, both directed by Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. Gyllenhaal stars alongside Melanie Laurent in Enemy, a film adaptation of the Jose Saramogo novel The Double. He also portrays a detective searching for two missing children in Prisoners.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris, known for Skyfall and 28 Days Later, portrays Winnie Mandela in the Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom. The film portrays the Mandela's tumultuous relationship that spanned decades.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman stars in Prisoners, a film by Montreal's Denis Villeneuve. Jackman portrays a father whose daughter mysteriously disappears. Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Maria Bello also star in the film.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson stars in Under the Skin, a sci-fi thriller directed by Jonathan Glazer. Johansson portrays an seductress alien seeking prey in the Scottish Highlands. Johansson also appears at the festival in Don Jon, a film written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman stars in The Railway Man with Colin Firth. The film centres on Eric Lomax, a British soldier who was forced to work as a labourer on the Thailand Death Railway during the Second World War. Kidman portrays Lomax's wife.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

British actress Keira Knightley is a TIFF regular and she returns in 2013 for Can a Song Save Your Life with Mark Ruffalo. The movie, directed by Once director John Carney, revolves around the connection between an undiscovered singer and a hardscrabble music producer.

Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Torontonian Mike Myers will show his debut documentary Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon at TIFF. The film chronicles Gordon's career managing the likes of musicians such as Alice Cooper, Blondie and Anne Murray. Following the Gala Presentation, Myers and Gordon will have a conversation on stage at Roy Thomson Hall.

Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin

Documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin focuses on the journey of a young girl's campaign seeking safe and equitable schools for Aboriginal students in Hi-Ho Mistahey!. Obomsawin has directed 40 films with the NFB, chronicling issues important to Canada's First Nations. Photo: NFB

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt portrays a Canadian abolitionist in 12 Years a Slave. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor who portrays a 19th century freeman sold into slavery. Pitt, who also produced the movie, stars alongside Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe joins Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy The F Word. The movie, directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse, makes its world premiere at TIFF. Radcliffe also stars in Kill Your Darlings a biopic about beat writers Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. And finally, Radcliffe portrays Ig Perrish in Horns, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Canadian actor Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi. The martial arts film features former Matrix stuntman Tiger Chen as a man drawn into an underground fight club.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts joins Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard and Juliette Lewis in the film adaptation August: Osage County. Roberts portrays a daughter forced to return home to her family in crisis.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Veteran actress Meryl Streep's highly anticipated ensemble film August: Osage County will have its world premiere at TIFF. The film, which boasts a cast of Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sam Shepard, is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts.

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

The Canadian director will debut two movies at TIFF, Enemy and Prisoners. Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, details one man's search for his doppleganger. The film also stars Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini. Gyllenhaal also stars in Prisoners as a detective searching for two children who have gone missing.

Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska joins Jesse Eisenberg in The Double, an eerie thriller about a man who confronts his doppleganger. She also leads Tracks, a true story about a woman's trek across the Australian Outback. She also appears in Only Lovers Left Alive about a reclusive vampire.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig stars in Hateship Loveship, an adaptation of Alice Munro's 2002 collection of short stories Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. Nick Nolte and Hailee Steinfeld also star in the family drama.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon stars in Devil's Knot, an Atom Egoyan film about the 1993 West Memphis murders. Witherspoon portrays a mother of one the murdered boys. The film also stars Colin Firth and Bruce Greenwood.


Photos: Getty Images, NFB

 
 

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