Sci-fi first for Toronto fest
Johnson’s sci-fi mob thriller Looper will open this year’s Toronto film festival, which will also screen new works by Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and Joss Whedon. Johnson made his debut with Brick (2005) which screened at the Sundance festival, following it up with The Brothers Bloom, which premiered at Toronto in 2008. The US director’s third feature film, Looper, starring Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels, recounts the fantastical tale of a time-travelling hired gun who mops up 30 years in the past for the mob until his bosses send back his future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. It is the first science-fiction film to open the Toronto film festival, which has in the recent past opened with a U2 rockumentary, a hockey musical, a Charles Darwin biopic, and a World War I epic. North America’s largest film festival, which runs from September 6-16, will also feature films from Japan, China, India, Britain, Denmark, Italy, the US and Canada.