Chris Pine and Laura Dern Films to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival

David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” starring Pine, will open the festival, while Justin Kelly’s “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” with Dern and Stewart, will close it

Outlaw King
"Outlaw King" / Netflix

“Outlaw King,” a historical drama starring Chris Pine and directed by “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie, will serve as the opening-night film of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the 14th century Scottish hero who led a group of outlaws to reclaim the Scottish throne from English rule. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle also appear in the film, which will premiere at the Roy Thompson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Netflix will release the “Outlaw King” in November.

TIFF also announced that “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” a film from director Justin Kelly about the JT LeRoy literary hoax, will be the festival’s closing-night attraction. The film stars Laura Dern as real-life author Laura Albert, who created the fictionalized alter ego of a young queer man named JT LeRoy. As LeRoy, she wrote a bestselling book, and then enlisted her boyfriend’s sister, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) to play LeRoy in public.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept. 6-16. Additional programming will be announced over the next week, with the schedule announced on Aug. 21.