The Toronto International Film Festival continues to slowly leak out the films set to attend. Last week, we got surprise announcements from TIFF that both “Halloween” and “The Predator” would make their World Premieres at the festival. The same day, Werner Herzog, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris jumped on the TIFF train. Now, we’ve finally got the opening and closing films for the festival. David Mackenzie‘s “The Outlaw King” is now set as the opening night, while “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” is set as the closing film. Both films will be World Premieres.
The announcement brings two of our remaining films for 2018 into the light. While “The Outlaw King” has been extremely quiet so far. On the flip side, many pegged “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” as a potential vehicle to get Kristen Stewart her first Oscar nomination. Given the images of each film, we may have to factor each picture into the larger Oscar conversation.
“The Outlaw King” is Mackenzie’s followup to “Hell or High Water,” which picked up a Best Picture nomination. In some ways, it’s a spiritual sequel to “Braveheart,” by telling the story of Robert the Bruce as he took on the English crown. The film features Chris Pine as Robert, and rounds out its cast with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle. There is sure to be plenty of action given that it will tell the story of a war. The film will release globally on Netflix on November, 9th 2018.
Meanwhile “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” tells a very different kind of story. Laura Albert (Laura Dern) writes a popular book under the name JT LeRoy. Rather than take credit, she chooses to have her boyfriend’s sister Savannah (Kristen Stewart) play the part of LeRoy in public. It’s a crazy story made for the movies.