Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and J-Lo headline Toronto film festival lineup

the Guardian | 7/23/2019 | Benjamin Lee
Oscar-tipped movies featuring a host of A-listers, including Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, will head to Toronto in September for the city’s annual film festival.

The lineup includes a number of major awards hopes as well as a strong showing for some of the next year’s biggest British movies. The initial announcement, one of many to come, is highlighted by Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, starring Streep as well as Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, which is set to be one of Netflix’s biggest Oscar pushes of the season.

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Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks will also be unveiling his new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a biopic of children’s TV staple Mister Rogers from Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller. “My challenge as a director was to get Tom Hanks to become less Tom Hanks,” Heller said to Entertainment Weekly. “This will feel very different from how you’ve seen him before.”

Jennifer Lopez will also bring her fact-based drama Hustlers to the festival, a film about a group of strippers who stole money from their white-collar clientele. It also stars Crazy Rich Asians breakout Constance Wu, Lizzo and Cardi B, who director Lorene Scafaria chased for two years to be in the movie.

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Other true stories include Judy with Renee Zellweger playing Judy Garland, Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Harriet starring Cynthia Erivo as abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman, Radioactive starring Rosamund Pike...
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