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Toronto 2015: Hank Williams biopic, Dan Rather movie among world premieres

Toronto 2015: Hank Williams biopic, Dan Rather movie among world premieres
A Hank Williams biopic will be among the movies world-premiering at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. (Sony Music)

The Hank Williams biopic "I Saw The Light," the trans tale "About Ray" and the fact-based Dan Rather story "Truth" will be among the movies world-premiering at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers revealed the screenings as part of a last round of announcements for the September fest.

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“Light,” starring Tom Hiddleston as the complicated country singer, was directed by veteran Hollywood producer Marc Abraham. James Vanderbilt’s “Truth,”  based on CBS News producer Mary Mapes’ book, focuses on the 2004 scandal involving Rather and the so-called Killian documents that concerned George  W. Bush’s military service. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett star.

Gaby Dellal's "Ray" centers on several generations on one family, including the titular character, a girl who decides to transition to a male; the film stars Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon.

Meanwhile, Rob Reiner will also unveil "Bring Charlie," a film about two teenagers in rehab that is inspired by true events involving Reiner's son Nick, who co-wrote the script.

Paco Cabezas' crime caper "Mr. Right" will close the festival.

Catherine Hardwicke's female-friendship tale "Miss You Already" will also make its global debut.

And David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis,” the South American political drama remade from a well-regarded documentary, will also make its world premiere at the festival. Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the movie, which centers on a U.S.-style dirty-tricks campaign in the Bolivian election.

The world premieres are notable given Toronto's insistence that the movies not screen at the preceding Telluride Film Festival if they're to nab a major venue in the fest's all-important first weekend.

Organizers also said Tuesday that the festival will spotlight work originating from London as part of its annual program showcasing the cinema of one international city.

Toronto, which kicks off Sept. 10, is a key time for movies looking for a big fall commercial or awards run, with works hoping to gain traction before rolling out more broadly in the following months.

Twitter: @ZeitchikLAT

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