The Toronto International Film Festival announced a number of additional world premieres Tuesday, saying that John Turturro’s “Fading Gigolo,” Josh Waller’s Cory Monteith pic “McCanick,” and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Errol Flynn film "The Last of Robin Hood” will all appear first at the festival.
It also said that “Yurusarezaru Mono,” Lee Sang-il’s remake of Clint Eastwood's “Unforgiven,” will make its North American premiere there after playing the Venice Film Festival shortly before; Alex Gibney’s cycling doc “The Armstrong Lie” and James Franco’s latest director-actor drama “Child of God” will also make their N.A. debuts north of the border.
“McCanick,” Monteith’s final film, has the late ”Glee” star playing a street hustler who struggled with addiction. (You can check out a new photo from the film above.)
A release from the festival, which has slotted the film in the world cinema section, described the plot thusly: "Over the course of one feverish day, a harried narcotics detective (David Morse) and his reluctant partner (Mike Vogel) frantically track down a recently released convict (Cory Monteith) who knows a secret from the past."
The movie, which is seeking U.S. distribution, marks the second Monteith film to debut at the festival, after organizers last week announced “All the Wrong Reasons,” a Canada-based feature in which he plays a department-store employee trying to guide his wife through tragedy.
“Fading Gigolo” is notable for several reasons, among them the fact that Woody Allen is playing a pimp and they collaborated because they share a barber. The film generated its initial round of attention at last year’s festival.
The Flynn pic stars Kevin Kline as the iconic actor, struggling through an alcohol-soaked career decline toward the end of his heyday, and falling in love with a teenage starlet played by Dakota Fanning.
The 11-day Toronto International Film Festival gets underway Sept. 5.
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