One of the most popular film festivals in the world is set to debut a new action thriller starring Bruce Willis later this summer in Toronto.
Looper – directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emily Blunt – will premiere at the Gala Presentation on opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of an assassin – played by Joseph Gordon Levitt – who is sent 30 years back in time to kill an older version of himself. Audiences will follow the characters in both past and present as they struggle to fight against fate in an action-packed thriller with all the elements.
“Rian Johnson is a film auteur known for combining different genres to give his projects an original spin,” Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF said in a press release.
“We’re thrilled to have Looper Open the festival.”
One of the most important events on the cinematic calendar each year, the Toronto International Film Festival has earned its place alongside Sundance and Cannes as one of the most influential in the world.
The exciting programme of events includes film premieres, a huge range of screenings, lectures, discussions and workshops. Founded in 1976, the festival has evolved and grown over the years – today, audiences upwards of 260,000 turn up to enjoy the best of cinema from around the world in Toronto.
“I saw Rian’s debut feature Brick at the Sundance festival and was impressed by his ability to engage both the mind and the heart,” TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey said.
“We were fortunate enough to premiere his follow-up film The Brothers Bloom. Now, with Lopper, Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can’t wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer. This is a new kind of Opening Night: an exciting, thinking-person’s action film from a director who really understands genre.”
The Toronto International Film Festival takes place 6 – 16 September.