The Toronto International Film Festival, starting September 5, is right around the corner — and, this morning, TIFF presented its first announcement of titles for the fest. Sounds like a good one. The fest will open with Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” a drama based on the WikiLeaks story and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. Also among the titles announced:
– John Wells’ “August: Osage County,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, and starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, and the busy Cumberbatch.
– “12 Years a Slave,” a historical drama directed by Steve McQueen (“Shame”) and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man in 1840s New York who was kidnapped and sold as a slave. The cast also includes Michael Fassbender and — guess who? — Cumberbatch.
– “Enough Said,” the latest comedy/drama from Nicole Holofcener, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini.
– “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a biopic starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, directed by Justin Chadwick (“The First Grader”).
– Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” which brings George Clooney and Sandra Bullock together in outer space.
– “Kill Your Darlings,” another historical drama, this time starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg.
– Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman,” about British novelist Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and his muse (Felicity Jones); also starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.
– Jason Reitman’s follow-up to “Juno” and “Young Adult”: “Labor Day,” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
– “Devil’s Knot,” Atom Agoyan’s drama about the West Memphis Three, starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.
– “The Love Punch,” a charming-sounding caper starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a divorced couple chasing an embezzler across Europe.
And . . .new films from Matthew Weiner, Francois Ozon, Paul Haggis, Stephen Frears, Jim Jarmusch, David Gordon Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Agnieszka Holland, Ron Howard, and many, many more. (See the full announcement here.) I’ll be in Toronto as usual, trying to catch as many of these as possible. Can’t wait!