The Toronto International Film Festival is nearly upon us again—the time when the city of Toronto is thrown into a flurry of celeb sightings and movie news and all eyes are on Canada as we welcome the biggest names in the biz. Well, it’s time to hear about the big names, people. This is not a drill.
If you’re looking to spot some A-list talent, to gaze at from a respectable distance of course, we’ve got the deets. Here’s who’s coming to TIFF 2019 (subject to change, obvi).
If she comes, this will be Meryl’s first ever trip to TIFF. She stars in The Laundromat alongside Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas who are also expected to be at the festival.
Jennifer Lopez and her Hustlers
That’s right, fam! JLo is coming to premiere Hustlers and she’s bringing her whole girl crew. That means you can also expect to see Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart and Kiki Palmer.
Chris has hung up the shield and now he’s making movies outside of the MCU again, like thriller-comedy Knives Out. The film also stars Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer and Jamie Lee Curtis who are also expected to descend on Toronto for the event.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Matt and Christian star in the fast-paced drama Ford v Ferrari as American underdogs who try to take on Ferrari in the 1966 “24 Hours of Le Mans” endurance race.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Priyanka’s back to her roots in the Indian family drama The Sky is Pink which will see its world premiere at TIFF this year. No word yet on the rest of the Jonas clan, but considering Priyanka, Sophie and Danielle have spent time supporting their hubbies on the Jonas Brothers’ tour, we can only hope the bros return the favour.
You know that Mr. Rogers movie that’s going to make us all cry? Yeah, Mr. Hanks will be here for the premiere of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and we’ll be here crying. Co-star Susan Kelechi Watson is also set to attend the premiere.
Joker is one of the most highly anticipated films of the season and Joaquin will be here in Toronto to talk all about it. And you bet we have QUESTIONS.
Scarlett Johansson stars alongside Adam Driver and Laura Dern in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story which will have its Canadian premiere at TIFF. She also appears in Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit alongside Sam Rockwell, both of whom are also expected at TIFF this year.
Nicole Kidman is a regular at TIFF and this year she’ll visit the city for the premiere of The Goldfinch. Her co-stars Ansel Elgort and Finn Wolfhard will also likely stop by.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan stars alongside Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson (who are also expected to attend) in the biographical drama Just Mercy. Jordan and Foxx will also participate in TIFF’s “In Conversation With…” series with TIFF creative director Cameron Bailey.
Eddie Murphy leads a star-studded ensemble cast in the biographical comedy, Dolemite Is My Name exploring the controversial rise of comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess and Wesley Snipes are also set to attend the premiere.
Javier Bardem and his brother Carlos lend their star power to the nature and social justice documentary Sanctuary which documents their involvement with a Greenpeace campaign to preserve the Antarctic Ocean.
Nicolas Cage stars in the sci-fi horror thriller Color Out of Space based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic horror short story of the same name and will bring his singular energy to the 6ix.
Natalie Portman stars alongside Jon Hamm (who will also be in TO) in Lucy in the Sky about an astronaut who has a hard time adjusting back to life (and her relationships) on earth after her time in space.
Crow stars in the biopic True History of the Kelly Gang about the 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, based on the novel by Peter Carey.
Shia LaBeouf stars as his own abusive father in Honey Boy, a film written by Labeouf about his childhood and young adulthood.
Jessica Biel stars as fictional investigative journalist Lia Haddock in the television adaptation of the popular Limetown podcast.
Sterling K. Brown
Apparently Sterling had time among all his This is Us filming to star in the emotional drama, Waves.
Jason Segel and Dakota Johnson
The Friend co-stars Jason and Dakota will attend the world premiere of their film at TIFF. Based on an award-winning Esquire article, The Friend tells the story of a man who moves in with his best friends to help them through a cancer diagnosis.
This ain’t your average Sandler joint,, with the Safdi brothers at the helm. Adam stars in the Martin Scorsese-produced crime thriller Uncut Gems about a gambling New York City jeweler whose pursuit of the ultimate win will likely be his undoing. The Weeknd makes an appearance as himself in the film and may attend the premiere in his hometown of Toronto.
Sarandon stars in the family drama, Blackbird, as a terminally ill mother who gets her daughters together for a final gathering, which quickly descends into chaos. Susan’s 1989 film with Donald Sutherland (who will be attending for The Burnt Orange Heresy), A Dry White Season, will also be running at TIFF.
The Boss himself will grace Toronto for the premiere of his concert film, Western Stars, which includes performances from his latest album and characteristic life lessons and musings from the man himself. He was also interviewed for the Gala Film Presentation, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band about the life and lasting legacy of music legend Robbie Robertson.
You wouldn’t expect the Grammy-winning producer to miss his own party, would you? The Crave Original David Foster: Off the Record documents the life and talent of legendary music producer David Foster through live footage, anecdotes and interviews with his most famous collaborators including Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Barbra Streisand and, of course, his wife Katharine McPhee.
RELATED: In a candid chat with Ben Mulroney, the super-producer talks about his foundation, family and finding his purpose.
Ellen Page is making her directorial debut with the Canadian documentary There’s Something in the Water. Ellen calls attention to the environmental racism experienced by Indigenous communities in her home province of Nova Scotia with a focus on the Indigenous and African women fighting for social change in the area.
In a full-circle moment, Kerry Washington appears in the film adaptation of the Broadway play American Son, in the role she originated. She stars alongside Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee who are both expected to attend the premiere.
Pattinson stars with Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse—a psychological thriller shot on 35mm black-and-white film.
Paulson stars alongside Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet (who will also be at TIFF) in the animated family film Abominable about a teen girl who befriends a yeti.
Is this why we can’t have more Big Little Lies? Shailene stars alongside Sebastian Stan (who is also expected in Toronto) in the romantic drama Endings, Beginnings from director Drake Doremus.
Renée Zellweger has some big ruby slippers to fill in the film Judy, which documents the final year of Judy Garland’s(aka Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz) life.
Dan Rad returns to sci-fi, but this time with a suuuper violent twist in the dark comedy Guns Akimbo. The actor stars as a nerdy video game developer who is entered into an illegal live-streamed death match.
Eddie reunites with his Theory of Everything co-star Felicity Jones for The Aeronauts—a film about a scientist and air balloonist in the 19th century who team up to fly higher than ever before.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard directs the documentary Dads which explores modern fatherhood through anecdotes and advice from some of Hollywood’s most famous dads including Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris and Bryce’s own father, Ron Howard.
Marisa Tomei stars alongside Greg Kinnear in the family dramedy Frankie about an aging actress who summons her family to go on holiday with her.
The 44thToronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15, 2019.