TIFF 2016: 'Magnificent Seven,' 'Birth Of A Nation,' 'Arrival' Heading To Toronto

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TORONTO — Movies by Quebec director Denis Villeneuve, fashion designer Tom Ford, three-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone, and the buzzy "Birth of a Nation'' are headed to this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers announced the first slate of 2016 festival films Tuesday, including Villeneuve's sci-fi thriller "Arrival,'' starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, which is set to screen first at the Venice Film Festival.

TIFF's opening film will be the star-studded remake of the 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven,'' with a cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. The film will make its world premiere in Toronto.

magnificent seven"The Magnificent Seven" director Antoine Fuqua and actor Chris Pratt attends CinemaCon 2016 An Evening with Sony Pictures Entertainment: Celebrating the Summer of 2016 and Beyond on April 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

"We are pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua back to the festival, and have been proud to present audiences with his feature films including 'Training Day' and 'The Equalizer,'" said TIFF CEO Piers Handling in a statement. ''Fuqua has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting his own unique spin on the genre making for a thrilling opening night."

Also bound for the fest with big buzz is Stone's "Snowden,'' a dramatization of Edward Snowden's decision to leak classified security documents to the media. Stars include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Melissa Leo.

Adams also stars in Ford's sophomore feature "Nocturnal Animals,'' which he wrote and directed, based on Austin Wright's novel "Tony and Susan.'' Adams plays an art gallery owner disturbed by the contents of a novel written by her ex-husband, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Audiences will get to see London, Ont., native Ryan Gosling sing in the musical romance "La La Land.'' "Whiplash'' writer-director Damien Chazelle helms the cast that also features Emma Stone and J. K. Simmons.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

birth of a nationStar Jones, Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, and Nate Parker attends The American Black Film Festival first look at "A Birth Of A Nation" on June 17, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)

The closing film will be the Vancouver-shot coming-of-age comedy "The Edge of Seventeen,'' starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

Other highlights announced Tuesday:

— Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut on "American Pastoral,'' He also stars, alongside Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly, in the adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

— The biographical drama "Barry'' looks at U.S. President Barack Obama's years as a college student in New York City.

— Rob Reiner directs "LBJ,'' starring Woody Harrelson as president Lyndon B. Johnson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as his wife Lady Bird Johnson.

— In "Queen of Katwe,'' directed by Mira Nair, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o star in the real-life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.

— "The Journey is the Destination,'' by Toronto native Bronwen Hughes, stars Maria Bello in the story of slain photojournalist Dan Eldon.

— Other Canadian content includes "Unless'' by Ireland's Alan Gilsenan, based on the novel late Canuck novelist Carol Shields.

— Musical flicks include the star-packed animated comedy "Sing,'' the Justin Timberlake concert doc "JT + The Tennessee Kids'' by Jonathan Demme, and "The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole! : A Trip Across Latin America'' by Paul Dugdale.

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