The streets of Toronto will look a bit like the finer roads of Los Angeles next month, thanks to a huge influx of stars heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Anna Kendrick are just a few of the hundreds of actors and filmmakers set to attend this year's festival, organizers revealed Tuesday.
The announcement was the final part of TIFF's summer-long programming unveiling, and confirms world premieres from such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott (The Martian), David Gordon Green (Our Brand Is Crisis), Stephen Frears (The Program) and Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next).
Other performers scheduled to attend include Kevin Bacon, Monica Bellucci, Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston and Win Butler and members of Arcade Fire.
"It's always a huge job putting it all together, but when it's done and the selection is locked and the book finally drops, we are all thrilled," said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. "This being our 40th anniversary, we're both looking back and ahead, and making plans for the future."
Those plans include two new festival programs: Platform, designed to debut more auteur-driven international cinema, and Primetime, which looks at "serial storytelling television in its artistic renaissance."
"Most of the filmmakers we love are working in television now, too: Steven Soderbergh, Jane Campion, and so many others are making very strong work in long-form drama for the small screen, or any screen, really," Bailey said. "We realized the audience for independent film is the same as those following these serial works."
TIFF also revealed the lineup for its In Conversation With …program, which will feature onstage talks with Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
The 40th edition of TIFF runs Sept. 10 to 20 at various Toronto venues (more information at tiff.net).