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George Clooney, Angelina Jolie projects among those headed to TIFF

Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm EDT

Actor George Clooney attends the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Evan Agostini

A comedy-drama directed by George Clooney and a biographical thriller helmed by Angelina Jolie are headed to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers have announced Clooney’s home-invasion comedy-drama “Suburbicon,” written by the Coen brothers and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, is among the titles in the fest.

Also on the schedule is Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” which she also co-wrote based on Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung’s memoir.

Meanwhile, the Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running,” directed by Canadians Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, will have a gala opening.

Other films on the docket include David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Regina native Tatiana Maslany.

Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence, is also a part of the annual movie marathon that runs Sept. 7-17.

The schedule has a slew of star-packed biopics, including “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as ice skater Tonya Harding.

In “Battle Of The Sexes,” Steve Carell and Emma Stone star in a story inspired by the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

“The Catcher Was A Spy” stars Paul Rudd as Major League Baseball player Moe Berg, who was a spy for the Office of Strategic Services.

And Canada’s own Michael Greyeyes stars as Sitting Bull alongside Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell in the “Woman Walks Ahead,” based on a true story.

This is the first slate of films to be announced for the fest.

Cinephiles have been wondering whether Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated “Blade Runner” sequel will be at the festival but it was not in the lineup announced on Tuesday.

Earlier this year the festival announced it’s cutting two programs and reducing the overall number of titles it will screen for this year’s edition by 20 per cent.

The festival director says global uncertainty is a theme the runs throughout many of the films this year. Watch the video below or click here.

Here are some other highlights of the 2017 festival:

  • Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Mountain Between Us,” starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as plane-crash survivors.
  • Andy Serkis’s “Breathe,” a biographical drama starring Andrew Garfield as a paralyzed polio survivor who becomes an advocate for the disabled.
  • “Downsizing,” a satire from director Alexander Payne that stars Damon and will open this year’s Venice Film Festival on Aug. 30.
  • Scott Cooper’s period drama “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Adam Beach and Ben Foster.
  • Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic horror “The Shape Of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer
  • Angela Robinson’s biographical drama “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote.
  • “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” an adaptation of a book starring Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Paul McGuigan.