While more titles coming to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival were announced Tuesday, what really got us excited was the unveiling of TIFF’s star-studded guest list.
From up-and-comers, comedic legends and our metaphorical celebrity boyfriends and girlfriends, here are 10 celebrities we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of at the festival.
For the full list of guests, click HERE.
Chloë Grace Moretz
While she may only just be 17, it might seem like Chloë Grace Moretz has been around for ages. With breakout roles in Kickass, Hugo and the remake of horror classic Carrie, Moretz will be coming to TIFF for The Equalizer, in which she plays an imperilled young woman who forces an ex-CIA agent (played by Denzil Washington) to come out of retirement and rescue her.
The Equalizer plays at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7 at 9:30 pm.
There’s a reason why Miles Teller is worthy to be our Man Crush Monday because he is SERIOUSLY blowing up. Having worked on indie films like Rabbit Hole, The Spectacular Now and mega franchises like Divergent and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, Teller comes to TIFF with Whiplash, a film that captured two grand jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In the movie, he plays a young drummer working under the tutelage of a tough band conductor. The trailer for the movie looks INTENSE, so we can’t wait to see how audiences react when he reaches Toronto!
Whiplash plays at the Ryerson Theatre on September 8 at 3:15 pm.
Anna Kendrick comes to the fest with The Last Five Years, an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese. In the film, she plays a struggling actress who looks back at the last five years of her relationship with her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan).
No stranger to singing (we LOVED her in Pitch Perfect), this movie sounds right up Ms. Kendrick’s alley! Let’s cross our fingers and hope that she gives a little live performance in Toronto as well!
The Last Five Years plays at the Ryerson Theatre on September 7 at 8:30 pm.
Having had an awesome year with the The Fault In Our Stars, it’s time for Elgort to make a grand appearance at TIFF for his film Men, Women and Children. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film follows several lives as they deal with love and relationships in today’s modern world. No word yet on who Elgort’s character will be. But by the looks of the film’s trailer, it appears that he spends a lot of time in front of a computer stalking people on social media!!
Men, Women and Children plays at the Ryerson Theatre on September 6 at 6:00 pm.
We love Aubrey Plaza because she’s funny, sarcastic and just plain awesome. I mean, have you ever seen her Twitter?!
With that said though, the Parks and Rec actress comes to TIFF with Ned Rifle, the third film from Hal Hartley’s trilogy that began with films Henry Fool and Fay Grim. Following the events from the first two movies, Plaza plays Susan, who holds a connection to Thomas Jay Ryan’s character Henry Fool, whose son Ned Rifle (Liam Aitken) wants to kill for ruining his mother’s life.
Ned Rifle plays at the Ryerson Theatre on Sunday, September 7 at 6:00 pm.
Sam Claflin may have stole hearts as hunky tribute Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games, but he enters TIFF with a MUCH MORE different role with The Riot Club. In the movie, Claflin plays a member of Oxford University’s Riot Club, an exclusive dinner group where reputations can be ruined during the course of a single evening. And from the looks of the trailer, his character Alistair Rhyle seems to be instrumental in causing a lot of trouble for his little club as things turn violent!
The Riot Club plays at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday. September 6 at 9:30 pm.
Funny lady and all-around awesome woman Tina Fey enters TIFF with This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy that surrounds four grown siblings who are forced back to their childhood home to live under one roof for a week after their father passes away. Starring alongside an awesome ensemble cast that features the likes of Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Jason Bateman and Corey Stoll, we can’t wait to see what kind of hilarity ensues! (And plus, if you happen to run into Tina on the red carpet, maybe she’ll sign your copy of Bossypants!!)
This Is Where I Leave You plays at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday September 7 at 6:30 pm.
Benedict Cumberbatch comes to the festival for the second time in a row, this time for The Imitation Game that co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance. In the film, Cumberbatch takes on the role of mathematician Alan Turing as he tries to solve super-secret Nazi codes during the Second World War. And from the looks of the trailer, there’s already some Oscar buzz for his performance.
But while it may still be very early, seeing Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch in the flesh would be a worthwhile experience. After all, he seems to be VERY charming in person.
The Imitation Game plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 pm.
Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig comes to TIFF with Welcome To Me, a dramedy about a woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder who becomes an overnight celebrity after a huge lottery jackpot allows her to launch her own off-the-wall talk show.
But while the film will have comedic elements to it, Welcome To Me seems to be a bit of a departure from Wiig’s usual humour seen on SNL and Bridesmaids.
Mental health can always be a touchy subject to tackle, especially when made into a comedy film. It’d be interesting to see how Wiig manages in a more dramatic role!
Welcome To Me plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday, September 5 at 2:45 pm.
Coming to Toronto with his film St. Vincent, Bill Murray takes on the role a loose-living retiree who becomes the unlikely mentor of a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) and introduces him to the world of gambling, strippers and drinking.
But as film premieres can only go on for so long, TIFF has decided to hype up Murray’s visit to Toronto by giving him his own very special day at the festival. Naming September 5 ‘Bill Murray Day’, TIFF will be holding free screenings of the actor’s classics Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day for fans all day.
With that said though, what makes us most excited about Mr. Murray coming to the festival is what shenanigan he will get up to next. Having crashed bachelor parties and photobombed engagement photos in the past, we’re secretly hoping he shows up at our office. (We’ll totally hold a party for him!) After all, he’s just that AWESOME!!!
St. Vincent plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday, September 5 at 9:00 pm.