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Saturday 19 April 2014

Looper to open Toronto Film Fest

Emily Blunt's movie will open the Toronto International Film Festival

Emily Blunt's new movie Looper is to open the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rian Johnson's futuristic sci-fi adventure, which also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, will have its world premiere at the festival's opening night on September 6.

"Rian Johnson is a film auteur known for combining different genres to give his projects an original spin. We're thrilled to have Looper open the festival," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of the event.

British films receiving their world premiere at the festival include Mike Newell's Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Irvine, Joe Wright's Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson, Roger Michell's Hyde Park On Hudson featuring Bill Murray and Olivia Williams, Byzantium with Gemma Arteron and Saoirse Ronan, and Ginger And Rosa starring Elle Fanning and Annette Bening.

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet will also be shown in the Canadian city, along with Ben Affleck's Argo, David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car.

Other films premiering at the festival include the Wachowskis' sci-fi drama Cloud Atlas, teenage tale The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, comedy Thanks For Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 until September 16.

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