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TIFF 2017: Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis C.K. films added

New movies from Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, John Woo, Louis C.K. and a restored, 3D version Michael Jackson's Thriller have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup.

Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Ellen Page star in newly announced titles

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba appear in a scene from Aaron Sorkin's new drama Molly's Game, one of the latest films joining the expanding TIFF lineup. (TIFF)

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and actress Brie Larson will see their directorial debuts premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Screenwriter-director Sorkin's poker drama Molly's Game, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, and Larson's indie comedy Unicorn Store, in which the Oscar-winner served as producer, director and star, are among the latest batch of films added on Tuesday morning to next month's festival lineup.

Brie Larson makes her directorial debut with Unicorn Store. (TIFF)

Both will be featured in TIFF's special presentation program, which is also getting a boost from new movies by comedian Louis C.K. (I Love You, Daddy), action filmmaking icon John Woo (Manhunt), a double bill about the King of Pop: Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D and The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, and David Freyne's post-zombie apocalypse thriller The Cured, starring Canadian actress Ellen Page.

John Landis has restored his original short film/music video for Michael Jackson's Thriller and converted it to 3D. (TIFF)

Page also stars alongside Kate Mara in director Tali Shalom-Ezer's romantic drama My Days of Mercy, among the films joining the Galas lineup.

Kate Mara and Ellen Page star in the romantic drama My Days of Mercy. (TIFF)

Tuesday's announcement also fleshed out the Masters, Wavelengths (avant-garde), Contemporary World Cinema and Primetime programs.

The wide-ranging batch of newly added titles includes movies by Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki (The Other Side of Hope), French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda (Faces Places), French-Canadian filmmaker François Girard (historical epic Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes), celebrated Canadian documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Our People Will Be Healed) — the first female First Nations filmmaker to be featured in TIFF's Masters program — and new episodes of provocative shows The Deuce, The Girlfriend Experience and Alias Grace.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 7-17.

Louis C.K. directs and stars in I Love You, Daddy. (TIFF)

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