32 Buzz-Worthy Stars Who'll Be at the Toronto Film Festival
Starring in: Our Brand Is Crisis
Bullock kicks her America's sweetheart image to the curb to portray a "devious" political consultant in Our Brand Is Crisis – a role, she admits, was intended for the film's producer, George Clooney. "You don't get to read roles like this a lot," says Bullock. "There's a lot of unforgivable things that she does, yet somehow you have to cheer for her."
JULIANNE MOORE & ELLEN PAGE
Starring in: Freeheld; Moore also stars in Maggie's Plan and Page stars in Into the Forest
Much like most of this year's attendees, Moore and Page are TIFF veterans, having premiered their critically acclaimed films Still Alice and Juno, respectively, at the festival in earlier years. This year, however, the two are coming together to promote the true-life drama, Freeheld. The film explores the lives of police officer Laurel Hester (Moore) and her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Page) as they fight to have Hester's pension rights transferred to Andree after Hester is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Starring in: The Danish Girl
From the looks of it, Redmayne's latest film The Danish Girl is going to be a good one. In fact, the star's performance (he plays a transgender woman in the movie) has us thinking back to The Theory of Everything, the movie that earned the actor his very first Oscar earlier this year.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL & NAOMI WATTS
Starring in: Demolition; Watts also stars in About Ray
Gyllenhaal and Watts' experience at TIFF will be one to remember for the Oscar nominees: their film Demolition is set to premiere on the fest's opening night and it's said to be a real tear-jerker, with Gyllenhaal taking on the role of Davis Mitchell, a successful investment banker who is faced with the tragic loss of his wife. We'll be bringing the tissues for this one.
DUSTIN HOFFMAN & CHRIS O'DOWD
Starring in: The Program
After premiering festival gems like St. Vincent and The Sapphires in recent years, O'Dowd returns to the festival this year to premiere The Program, which also stars the legendary Hoffman – a TIFF veteran himself.
KATE WINSLET & LIAM HEMSWORTH
SALMA HAYEK & ADRIEN BRODY
Starring in: Septembers of Shiraz
Septembers of Shiraz, the film adaptation of author Dalia Sofer's debut novel of the same name, delves into the lives of a secular Jewish family during the 1979 Iranian Revolution – placing Hayek and Brody's characters at the forefront of the movie.
TOM HIDDLESTON & ELIZABETH OLSEN
Starring in: I Saw the Light; Hiddleston also stars in High-Rise
Known for making rounds at film festivals through the years, indie darling Olsen has teamed up with Hiddleston (a.k.a. Thor's brother Loki) in the biopic I Saw the Light, which highlights country star Hank Williams' short life before his unfortunate death at the age of 29. The actor shares an uncanny resemblance to the late musician – fans of Williams will be stunned.
Starring in: Beasts of No Nation
The Netflix original film is already said to be garnering Oscar buzz for the actor, who plays a calculating rebel leader in the movie.
JEREMY IRVINE & JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS
Starring in: Stonewall
Chills. That's how we feel about the Irvine and Meyers-fronted film, which follows Danny Winters (Irvine) as he befriends a group of people who introduce him to New York City landmark Stonewall Inn. What comes next is a retelling of history that began with the throwing of a brick.
Starring in: About Ray
Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions. Fanning's newest role is one she's never taken on before, that of a transgender teen in the process of transitioning from female to male. Previously, the actress attended TIFF to promote Ginger & Rosa in 2012.
MATT DAMON & JESSICA CHASTAIN
JOHNNY DEPP & BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
Starring in: Black Mass
Depp never ceases to amaze us, and his transformation in Black Mass is no exception. The actor stars alongside Cumberbatch in the thriller, which follows Whitey Bulger (Depp), one of South Boston's most infamous crime bosses. "For him to completely give himself over to Whitey's psyche was mesmerizing," says director Scott Cooper of the actor. Given its stars' résumés, Black Mass will be a film to keep an eye on come award season.
Starring in: Legend
Legend tells the true story of twin London gangsters – two of the most notorious British criminals – in the 1960s. What makes the film so extraordinary is that Hardy plays both characters on-screen. While they're said to be identical twins, the men couldn't be more different, with one of them being a paranoid schizophrenic. Hardy also stars in Demolition, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Starring in: Maggie's Plan
With the critical acclaim of Frances Ha and Mistress America under her belt, Gerwig makes her triumphant return to TIFF with the premiere of Maggie's Plan, a romantic comedy also starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph.
Starring in: Room
A dramatic departure from her high-profile starring roles in 22 Jump Street and Trainwreck, Larson stars a young mother that escapes from a windowless 10-by-10 ft. space after being trapped there with her son Jack for five years. The film, which is garnering Larson Oscar buzz, first premiered at Telluride and will hit theaters in October after its run at TIFF.
NICHOLAS HOULT & KRISTEN STEWART
Starring in: Equals; Hoult also stars in Kill Your Friends
Living in a futuristic utopian society where emotions have been eradicated, Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) must work together to escape after a new disease surfaces. The Sci-Fi romance is set to make its North American premiere at TIFF.
EMILY BLUNT, BENICIO DEL TORO & JOSH BROLIN
Starring in: Sicario
Blunt ditches her British accent for a spot-on American one in Sicario, a thriller that finds the star's FBI agent character teaming up with del Toro and Brolin to aid in the war against drugs in Mexico. There's no doubt the actress will kick this performance out of the park; she most recently showed off her badass moves in the action film Edge of Tomorrow.
RACHEL MCADAMS & MARK RUFFALO
Starring in: Spotlight
If the star-studded cast doesn't sell you, the premise of Spotlight will. Based on the Pultizer-winning investigation, the Tom McCarthy-directed film puts the focus on three journalists (McAdams, Ruffalo and Michael Keaton) and their coverage of the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal.