James Franco’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel “Child of God” is bound for the Toronto International Film Festival, along with another movie featuring the late “Glee” actor Cory Monteith and a documentary on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Monteith, who died last month of a drug overdose, will appear in the drama “McCanick,” which is directed by Josh C. Waller and will have its world premiere at the fest. That’s in addition to the Monteith vehicle “All the Right Reasons,” which had already been announced by organizers.
Franco is sure to make a splash with “Child of God,” a film about a violent, troubled ex-convict which the actor wrote, directed and stars in.
Producers of the Armstrong doc have said they originally planned to make a film about the cyclist’s comeback, but changed course after he admitted using performance enhancing drugs and was stripped of his Tour de France titles. Director Alex Gibney has previously trained his lens on politician Eliot Spitzer, journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.
Oscar winner Robin Williams, meanwhile, will appear alongside Annette Bening and Ed Harris in Arie Posin’s romantic drama “The Face of Love,” about a woman who falls in love with a man who resembles her late husband.
Clive Owen co-stars with Juliette Binoche in Aussie director Fred Schepisi’s “Words and Pictures,” about a romance between two teachers at a New England prep school. Owen also has a second film at the fest, the Guillaume Canet-directed “Blood Ties,” which also stars Mila Kunis, James Caan and the director’s wife, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.
It’s rare for Woody Allen to appear in a film that he does not direct, but he’ll do so in “Fading Gigolo,” which is helmed and written by John Turturro and also stars Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Liev Schreiber.
Other films announced Tuesday included “Blind Detective,” from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To; “How I Live Now” by acclaimed “Last King of Scotland director” Kevin Macdonald; the Errol Flynn drama “The Last of Robin Hood” (starring Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon); and “Lucky Them,” featuring Toni Collette as a rock journalist looking for her ex-boyfriend.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5 to 15.
It’ll open with “The Fifth Estate,” a thriller about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that stars Benedict Cumberbatch.
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