TIFF's It Girls

Our picks for the leading ladies who will take Toronto by storm.

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced on Tuesday, July 26 some of the films that will be presented at this year’s festival, and it is going to be one star-studded event. These famous five are our picks to takeover TIFF as this festival’s It Girls. TIFF runs September 8-18.
Freida Pinto
The Slumdog Millionaire beauty stars in the indie Trishna, about the daughter of a rickshaw owner who is seduced by the son of a wealthy property developer. The film is a reimagining of Tess of the D’Urbervilles set in a contemporary India. Let’s hope Trishna is every bit as successful at this year’s festival as Slumdog was in 2008.
Michelle Williams
This indie darling scored rave reviews for her latest films Meek’s Cutoff and Blue Valentine so we can’t wait to see how she fares in Take This Waltz. Williams plays Margot a married woman who struggles to choose between her husband (Seth Rogen) and a man she just met (Luke Kirby). Take This Waltz was shot in Toronto and written and directed by Canada’s Oscar-nominated writer and Road to Avonlea alum, Sarah Polley.
Keira Knightley
Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley is a festival favourite. In previous years she’s been at the festival to present Atonement and The Duchess. This year she stars in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, about the relationship between two psychiatrists as they struggle to treat a troubled patient (Knightley). The film also stars Viggo Mortensen, Canadian Sarah Gadon and our favourite evil X-Man, Michael Fassbender.
Kristen Wiig
Wiig is riding high after the critical and box-office success of Bridesmaids. In her TIFF flick our favourite funny-woman stars alongside Megan Fox and Jon Hamm in Friends With Kids, about how relationships change when your friends start having children. The film was written by and also stars Hamm’s longtime partner, Jennifer Westfeldt.
Mia Wasikowska
Mia’s had a big year. She took the lead in the critically-acclaimed Jane Eyre and she stars in Gus Van Sant’s Restless alongside newcomer Henry Hopper. What to do for an encore? We hope she’ll be at TIFF to promote her film Albert Nobbs, about an Irishwoman (played by Glenn Close) who disguises herself as a man and works as a butler for 20 years. –Regan Reid