Timothée Chalamet (and Armie Hammer) in Call Me By Your Name. Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk. Our own Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight. Every year at TIFF, there’s a new dreamy heartthrob anointed as The Internet’s Boyfriend and while this year there are no shortage of familiar, lovable dudes, we think the next batch of online crushes will emerge from our list of under-the-radar hotties coming to the festival this year.
Take a peek at who is poised to get pulses racing!
Michael B. Jordan
Yes, you may already know Michael B(ae) Jordan from playing Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther and Apollo Creed’s son Adonis in Creed and Creed II. But the GOAT is generating some SERIOUS Oscar Buzz in Just Mercy, which he also executive-produced. Jordan is also is doing an In Conversation With… sit-down alongside co-star Jamie Foxx and we can’t wait.
Sure, sure, Kylo Ren, Ben Swolo, we get it. Now, hands up if you knew that OG Internet’s Boyfriend Adam Driver is also generating incredible buzz for his turn in Sundance standout The Report. Driver’s competition for a Best Actor Oscar may come from…himself. Adam Driver also appears in Noah Baumbach’s highly anticipated Marriage Story playing at TIFF, opposite Scarlett Johansson. Talk about using the force.
What the Dickens? Dev Patel, fresh off a turn in the powerful Hotel Mumbai, lightens it up in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Still only 29, Patel has already accomplished a lot and the Slumdog star so impressed the Copperfield producers that they “never spoke about another actor” for the title role—an encouraging sign when it comes to opening up casting to all ethnicities and re-imagining who gets to play whom.
Boyfriends to watch
You may recognize this hunky Welsh actor from Dunkirk opposite Harry Styles. Aneurin, pronounced AN-I-RIN (according to his Twitter bio), appears in 3 (!) movies at TIFF. He’s Boris, Ansel Elgort’s Ukranian pal in The Goldfinch, James Steerforth in The Personal History of David Copperfield and Paul Langevin in TIFF closer, Radioactive.
You’ve got to admit that the first image that comes to mind when picturing a director, and especially one in the visionary Wavelengths program, is not the smoldering French-Spanish Oliver Laxe. The movie that he’s bringing to TIFF is called Fire Will Come (insert your own joke here), and was the first title at Cannes to play in the Galician language. What’s Galician for “smokin’ hot director”?
We would definitely be Coming Home Again to Justin Chon, appearing in the Wayne Wang film of the same name at the festival. Previously seen in Twilight next to Robert Pattinson, Chon made the leap by writing, directing and starring in the award-winning 2017 Sundance fave, Gook.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Sure, Abdul-Mateen II just played the villain Black Manta in Aquaman, appeared alongside fellow hottie Anthony Mackie in a very special Black Mirror episode, and even had a small role on The Handmaid’s Tale. Yet now that he’s at the festival in Sweetness in the Belly, (check out that look he’s giving Dakota Fanning in the pic above), we all want to buy what Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is selling.
Oh man. It’s over and done with, it’s over and done with. Yes, we have been passengers on the George MacKay train since his performance in the 2013 TIFF smash Sunshine on Leith, and he was utterly compelling opposite some of our faves in How I Live Now, (Saoirse Ronan), When Hands Touch (Amandla Stenberg) and Captain Fantastic (Viggo Mortensen). At this year’s fest, MacKay comes into his own with the violent and savage True History of the Kelly Gang. We would walk 500 miles for this man.
Next up is local talent Luke Bilyk. After graduating from Degrassi: The Next Class as Drew, Bilyk appeared in the tearjerker Kiss and Cry, and now changes it up a little at TIFF in Nicole Dorsey’s searing examination of masculinity, Black Conflux. One thing is for certain: Bilyk has us all saying O, Canada!
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Boy, do we have a lot to say about the handsome Kelvin Harrison Jr. Not only was he in last year’s JT Leroy opposite Kristen Stewart, as well as the Drake-produced Of Monsters and Men, and opposite Suki Waterhouse in Assassination Nation, but this year he reunites with his It Comes at Night director Trey Edward Shults in the highly anticipated WAVES. Oh and on top of all of that, he’s a TIFF International Rising Star.