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New James Franco, Morgan Spurlock films set for Toronto International Film Fest

The world premiere of James Franco's The Disaster Artist and Morgan Spurlock's followup to his Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me are headed to the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The world premiere of actor-filmmaker James Franco's film The Disaster Artist is set for TIFF 2017. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

The world premiere of James Franco's The Disaster Artist and Morgan Spurlock's followup to his Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me are headed to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers announced another slate of films on Tuesday and they include Franco's film, which he directed and based on the making of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult film The Room.

It will be in the horror and thrilled-filled Midnight Madness program, which will open with the world premiere of Bodied by renowned music video director Joseph Kahn.

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in the world premiere of Brian Taylor's thriller Mom and Dad. The closing Midnight Madness film will be Vampire Clay, directed by Soichi Umezawa.

'Resistance a key theme'

Spurlock's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! will have its world premiere in the documentary section of the fest. 

Other newly announced films in the doc lineup include Greg Barker's The Final Year, about former U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy team, and features about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, primatologist Jane Goodall and performers as diverse as Sammy Davis Jr., Grace Jones, Eric Clapton and Jim Carrey. 

"Resistance is a key theme in this year's documentaries," TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers said in a statement. 

"We pay witness to rebels challenging the status quo in arts, politics, sexuality, religion, fashion, sports and entertainment. They speak powerfully to our times as audiences seek inspirations for battling powerful and corrupt systems."

The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 7 to 17.

With files from CBC News

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