‘Outlaw King,’ ‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival

“Outlaw King,” a biopic about Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, and “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” a look at an infamous literary fabulist, will both screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The “Hell or High Water” team of director David MacKenzie and Chris Pine reunite for “Outlaw King,” which will be the opening night gala presentation. It’s being billed as a David-versus-Goliath story, one that chronicles the Bruce’s transformation from defeated nobleman to defiant freedom fighter.

“Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” stars Laura Dern as an author who adopts a fictitious persona of JT LeRoy, a queer man. After her book tops the best-seller list and JT LeRoy becomes an object of fixation among the literary set, she’s forced to come to terms with the consequences of her creative nom-de-plume. Kristen Stewart co-stars in the film. “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” will be the festival’s closing night offering.

“Outlaw King” also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle. Justin Kelly directs “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” and the film also features Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Courtney Love.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. The festival has previously unveiled much of its slate. The list of Oscar contenders making the trek to Canada includes Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” and Damien Chazelle’s “First Man.” The gathering is seen as a critical awards season stop. Oscar darlings such as “Gravity,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Moonlight” have all bolstered their plaudits chances by premiering up north.

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