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Drake's TIFF appearance cancelled ahead of 'Monsters and Men' premiere

Last Updated Sep 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm EDT

Canadian rapper Drake is seen here at the NBA Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Drake’s scheduled appearance tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival has been cancelled.

The Toronto rapper was expected to introduce the Canadian premiere of “Monsters and Men,” a drama about police violence.

A statement sent by TIFF says “due to scheduling commitments on his current tour” he won’t be able to attend.

Drake is credited as executive producer on “Monsters and Men,” which follows a Brooklyn community rocked by the shooting death of a black man at the hands of a police officer.

The film stars Anthony Ramos, who played in “Hamilton” on Broadway, John David Washington of “Blackkklansman,” and Kelvin Harrison Jr., who appeared in “Birth of a Nation” and “Mudbound.”

It’s the directorial debut of screenwriter Reinaldo Marcus Green.

“‘Monsters and Men’ is a project very close to Drake’s heart,” said the statement, issued Thursday.

“He wishes the film the utmost success and feels strongly about its ability to positively inspire dialogue.”

“Monsters and Men” won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Drake linked up with the filmmakers in a partnership that uses his massive star power to draw attention to the story.

The “In My Feelings” performer has spoken about his aspirations to focus on making films and TV series.

He served as executive producer on last year’s TIFF entry “The Carter Effect,” a documentary about the career of NBA player Vince Carter.

He’s also credited as a producer on the upcoming HBO series “Euphoria” starring Zendaya.