August 23, 2016 3:37 pm

Celebrities at TIFF 2016: Who you can expect to see in Toronto

Actor Shia LaBeouf speaks onstage during the "Man Down" press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 15, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

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Every September, the Toronto International Film Festival (a.k.a. TIFF) kicks off, pulling some serious star power to this side of the border, if only for a little while.

TIFF has released the final part of its summer-long series of lineups, and this year’s festival will include 296 full-length features and work from 83 different countries, which is a TIFF record.

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With the 41st edition of TIFF approaching, many want to know which celebrities they might run into on the streets of Toronto. Here’s a list of some notable people to keep your eyes peeled for — but please note this list can change at any time.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Gordon-Levitt stars in the biopic Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone, as Tommy Solomon, who morphs into Snowden’s titular NSA whistle-blower.

His co-stars include Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto.

James Franco

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In Dubious Battle, which stars and is directed by Franco, is about California migratory workers who rise up against the landowners in a wage dispute. The cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard and Robert Duvall.

Franco is taking a break from his busy schedule to be one of the judges at the TIFFxInstagram Shorts mini-fest.

Dakota Fanning


Fanning stars in Brimstone, a gritty revenge western about a young woman in a frontier community who must go on the run when she’s targeted by a diabolical preacher.

She also plays a young anti–Vietnam war activist in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral, which has heavy Oscar buzz heading into this year’s fest.

Woody Harrelson


Harrelson has two movies on the docket in 2016: the biopic LBJ, in which he plays Lyndon B. Johnson en route to the 1963 presidency, and The Edge of Seventeen, where he’s a high school history teacher.

Ryan Gosling 


This Canadian heartthrob is coming home to show off his dancing and singing skills in the romantic musical, La La Land.

Amy Adams

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Adams has two films screening at TIFF this year: Tom Ford’s sophomore directorial effort, Nocturnal Animals, where she attempts to make peace with her past, and she’s in Canadian director David Villeneuve’s Arrival, where she tries to communicate with aliens.

Jake Gyllenhaal

2016 Tony Awards - Show

Gyllenhaal has only appeared in two movies since 2014’s NightCrawler, including 2015’s Demolition and South Paw, but he is the male lead in Ford’s Nocturnal Animals with Adams. Gyllenhaal is a frequent TIFF attendee, as well; this is the third year in a row he’s part of the fest.

Lupita Nyong’o


Oscar winner Nyong’o plays the mother of a young Ugandan chess prodigy in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe.

Denzel Washington


Washington stars in the reboot of the legendary Western The Magnificent Seven alongside Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman Visits Shanghai

This Australian actress plays a mother struggling to support her adoptive son while he searches for his biological parents in Lion.

Mark Wahlberg

Daddy's Home Press Conference

Wahlberg plays a drilling rig worker dealing with the aftermath of the man-made disaster in Deepwater Horizon. He will also sit down for an intimate chat in front of an audience at TIFF.

Gerard Butler

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Butler plays a workaholic job-placement specialist trying to beat workroom rivals while catering to his family in The Headhunter’s Calling.

Justin Timberlake

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Timberlake will support the concert documentary JT and The Tennessee Kids, which takes viewers backstage with Timberlake’s band, backup singers and dancers.

Shia LaBeouf

LaBeouf plays Jake in American Honey, who goes on a cross-country drive with a gang of misfits slugging hard liquor in the backs of vans and selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions.

Bryan Cranston

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Cranston stars as a successful lawyer and family man who disappears from his own life and observes his loved ones from a hiding place in the attic in Wakefield. Jennifer Garner plays his wife, Diana. He also appears in In Dubious Battle, directed by Franco.

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Other notable names that you can anticipate seeing at TIFF this year are: Chistopher Abbott, Casey Affleck, Christian Bale, Mark Boone Junior, Matt Damon, Lily-Rose Depp, Scott Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Luke Grimes, Anne Hathaway, Ethan Hawke, Gabby Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Jennifer HudsonScarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Tori Kelly, Brie Larson, John Legend, Jane LynchMatthew McConaughey, Janelle Monáe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Cynthia Nixon, Dev Patel, Iggy Pop, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Renner, Jason Ritter, Katey Sagal, Hailee Steinfield, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Miles Teller, Kreesha Turner, Gabrielle Union, Emily Vancamp, Naomi Watts, Josh Wiggins, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and many more.

The 41st edition of TIFF runs September 8th to 18th at various Toronto venues.

For more information on TIFF and tickets for screenings, click here.

For the full list of attendees at TIFF, click here.

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