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Apple Unveils Premiere Dates for Jennifer Lawrence Drama ‘Causeway’ and ‘Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues’ Doc

The titles are among five Apple TV+ films making their debuts at TIFF this month

Apple revealed on Friday the streaming release dates for original films “Causeway,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and the documentary “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues.” Both films are due to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival next week.

The A24-produced “Causeway” debuts Nov. 4 on Apple TV+. Lawrence produces and stars as a veteran grappling with a difficult transition from her time in the military to life at home in New Orleans. Directed by Lila Neugebauer in her feature debut, the film will screen at TIFF on Sept. 10 as a Special Presentation at Royal Alexandra Theatre.

“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues,” described as the “definitive” documentary about the founding father of jazz, streams Oct. 28. Featuring archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations, Sacha Jenkins’ film will take an intimate look at his life and legacy. It’s set to open TIFF’s Documentary Section at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 8.

Also playing at TIFF before their Apple TV+ debuts are:

  • “Raymond & Ray,” with Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor (TIFF: Sept. 12; Apple TV+: Oct. 21)
  • Peter Farrelly’s “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” starring Zac Efron and Russell Crowe (TIFF: Sept 13; Apple TV+: Sept. 30)
  • The Sidney Poitier documentary “Sidney” (TIFF: Sept. 10; Apple TV+: Sept. 23)

All three films will appear as part of the festival’s Gala Presentation.

Additionally, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will be guest speakers at TIFF’s Industry Conference Visionaries program in support of their upcoming docuseries “Gutsy.” The eight-part documentary about inspiring women will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on September 9. 

“We’re thrilled to be debuting such a diverse spectrum of Apple Originals at this year’s festival,” Apple’s head of features Matt Dentler said. “From documentaries about icons to dramas from Academy Award-winning filmmakers and actors, TIFF audiences are in for a treat. We look forward to giving movie lovers from around the globe a first sneak peek in Toronto.”