“Potter” Alumni Take Over the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
When you’ve got eight movies in a series, and three films set to be a part of an upcoming spin-off, that’s a lot of actors and actresses to keep track of – but we wouldn’t have it any other way! This year, the Toronto International Film Festival is featuring no fewer than 12 films that Harry Potter alumni and Fantastic Beasts cast members are a part of. Check out the list below!
Colonia (Emma Watson)
All right, we’ve known for a while that this thriller will premiere at TIFF for a while, but it’s a lot more exciting now that it’s almost here! From TIFF’s website:
Two young lovers (Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl) find themselves trapped in the murderous crackdown following the 1973 coup against Chilean president Salvador Allende.
The Danish Girl (Eddie Redmayne)
Now that Eddie Redmayne is set to be our Newt Scamander, fans are flocking to watch his other films for a taste of what Newt will be like. Here’s a peek of what to expect from The Danish Girl:
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, in this biopic directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).
Eye in the Sky (Alan Rickman)
Eye in the Sky sounds like a far cry from Rickman’s Snape days –
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in this timely thriller about a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone.
– but we’ll watch it anyway!
The Lady in the Van (Dame Maggie Smith)
Let’s be real – we’ll watch anything with Maggie Smith. Here’s the premise of The Lady in the Van:
The legendary Maggie Smith stars in this adaptation of the based-on-fact play by acclaimed author Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) about a high-born homeless woman fallen on hard times who found temporary shelter parking her van in Bennett’s driveway — for fifteen years.
Len and Company (Rhys Ifans)
Ifan’s role as a reclusive music producer doesn’t sound too far off from Xenophilius, really:
A legendary, reclusive music producer (Rhys Ifans) has his shut-in routine disturbed by the unexpected arrival of his aspiring musician son (Jack Kilmer) and a troubled bubblegum-pop superstar (Juno Temple).
The Lobster (Colin Farrell)
Another film from one of our Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars! I’m just a little sad that we know more about his role in The Lobster than we know about his Fantastic Beasts role of Graves…
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly star in the deliciously bizarre new film from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, ALPS) about a curious hotel where the residents are charged with finding a new mate within 45 days — under penalty of being transformed into animals should they fail.
Man Down (Gary Oldman)
Sounds like this film might just be bleaker than a stint in Azkaban:
Shia LaBoeuf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman star in this dystopian thriller about a former Marine desperately searching for his wife and son in a post-apocalyptic America.
My Name Is Emily (Evanna Lynch)
Now here’s a film we’ve been following for almost a year. Here’s a little refresher on the plot:
Packed off to a foster home after her father is institutionalized, a rebellious young Irish girl resolves to bust her dad out of the hospital where he’s been confined, in this spirited coming-of-age tale from celebrated memoirist and first-time feature director Simon Fitzmaurice.
The Ones Below (Clémence Poésy)
Here’s what we know about Poésy’s latest film:
Eagerly awaiting their first child, a young couple in a tony London suburb become involved in a psychological battle of wills with the tenants in the apartment downstairs in the impressive debut feature from acclaimed British playwright and theatre director David Farr.
Brooklyn (Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Domhnall Gleeson)
This one’s a triple-hitter!
In the early 1950s, a young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) crosses the Atlantic to begin a new life in America in this exquisitely crafted adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Colm Tóibín.
Isaacs is far from the only big name in this stellar cast! Check it out:
Set in 1999 London, this noir crime thriller based on Martin Amis’ novel of the same name features a star-studded cast, including Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess and Cara Delevingne.
Legend (David Thewlis)
And last, but certainly not least, we have Thewlis’s Legend:
Tom Hardy gives a bravura double performance as Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the identical twin brothers who became the rulers of the London underworld at the height of the swinging ’60s.
If all of that wasn’t exciting enough, Domhnall Gleeson, Rhys Ifans, Clemence Poésy, Eddie Redmayne, and David Thewlis are all set to attend the TIFF festivities! MuggleNet will be there to cover the festival – will we be seeing any of you there?