TIFF 2014: Schwarzenegger, Sandler and Stewart films headed to the festival

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adam Sandler will be taking Toronto by storm in September. (REUTERS)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adam Sandler will be taking Toronto by storm in September. (REUTERS)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Adam Sandler, a ton of Hollywood titans will be coming to Canada – on screen, and maybe even in person – with a newly announced roster of films for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers of the globally lauded film fest unleashed a deluge of film announcements Tuesday, with some especially big names popping up in the special presentation and gala programs.

Schwarzenegger will star in Maggie, where the former Governator plays a farmer caring for his daughter (Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) as she turns into a flesh-eating zombie. It’s the first movie for director Henry Hobson, a veteran title sequence designer who did the opening credits for the likes of The Walking Dead and the video game The Last of Us.

Funnyman Adam Sandler stars in The Cobbler, about a footwear repairman who gains the magical ability to step into the shoes of his customers and see life from their perspective, while scandal-mired John Travolta will star alongside Canada’s own Christopher Plummer in The Forger, about an art fraudster who must team up with his dad for one final job.

Twilight princess Kristen Stewart will appear with Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz in Clouds of Sils Maria, about an aging movie icon threatened by an up-and-comer taking on the role that made her famous. Dustin Hoffman will lead a star-studded cast in Quebec director Francois Girard’s Boychoir, about a young student at an elite music school who struggles to fit in with his peers and instructors.

Two Marvel superheroes – Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers’ Hulk) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy) – will co-star in Infinitely Polar Bear, about a husband trying to win back his wife by caring for their two young daughters. Another recent addition to the Marvel family, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Benicio del Toro, will play Pablo Escobar in Escobar: Paradise Lost, the tale of an American surfer (The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson) who falls in love with a beautiful Colombian girl, only to discover her uncle is the world’s most notorious drug kingpin.

TIFF organizers said another new batch of films will be announced next Tuesday. The festival runs Sept. 4 to 14 in – you guessed it – Toronto.

For more information head over to TIFF.net.


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