LIVING
09/06/2018 10:21 EDT | Updated 09/06/2018 12:59 EDT

TIFF 2018: Drake Cancels Appearance Ahead Of 'Monsters And Men' Premiere

The film is about the police killing of a black man.

Drake performs in concert at Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour in Chicago, Illinois on Aug.17, 2018.
Prince Williams via Getty Images
Drake performs in concert at Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour in Chicago, Illinois on Aug.17, 2018.

UPDATE: 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.

"'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."

Original story:

TORONTO — Drake will appear at the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday to support "Monsters and Men," a drama about police violence.

The Toronto rapper is expected to introduce the Canadian premiere at the Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.

He'll then join the cast for what TIFF organizers have only called a "unique screening experience" without offering any further explanation.

A statement released in August said the premiere will also involve "activating the building during the festival's opening night party.''

Drake is credited as executive producer on the film, 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.

More from HuffPost Canada:


"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.

Also on HuffPost: