9 Films We Are Shocked Aren’t Playing at TIFF 2017

9 Films We Are Shocked Aren’t Playing at TIFF 2017

While there is always the potential for secret or surprise screenings to be added, there are a few films absent from the TIFF 2017 that we had expected to see play. These are films NOT scheduled to play at TIFF 2017:

Blade Runner 2049 

Considering that every one of Denis Villeneuve’s films has played at TIFF, we are shocked to see that there is no announcement that Blade Runner 2049 is playing. A highly anticipated film with an all star cast, including Canadian native Ryan Gosling would’ve received a huge red carpet and welcome at Toronto. This sheds some doubt for many on the quality of the film and may prove to be more harmful than helpful for Warner Brothers.

Domhnall Gleeson as ‘Alan Milne’ in the film UNTITLED A.A. MILNE. Photo by David Appleby. © 2017 Fox Searchlight Pictures

Goodbye Christopher Robin

This film just screams “film festival.” A true life story about a beloved author and his inspiration and characters would’ve played well at TIFF. The film has Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson to bring in the star power.  Fox Searchlight does have other films featured at the festival including Battle of the Sexes, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Shape of Water, so it is possible this just didn’t make the cut. Either way, it is on our list of anticipated films for the year.

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman

The Greatest Showman

Another film that we would expect to see at a festival is the upcoming biographical musical starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron which tells the story of P.T. Barnum. With a December 25th release, it is possible they don’t have the film completely ready for screening.

Last Flag Flying 

Richard Linklater thrives at festivals, and this would’ve been a great one to see. The cast is phenomenal with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne. They’ve already slated the world premiere to be in NYC on September 28th, and it will be released on November 3rd.

Murder on the Orient Express 

Another stellar cast and film based on a novel, Murder on the Orient Express could’ve had a warm reception at TIFF. Fox may have just decided that they want to keep it under wraps a little bit longer as it is a huge film for them. We may see it at another festival such as AFI.


Surprisingly, the Thurgood Marshall biopic thriller starring Chadwick Boseman will not be playing at TIFF. It seems like a lost opportunity to gain some momentum for the film before its October 13th release date.

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson film

Paul Thomas Anderson has a very particular style and audience, most of which are at film festivals. Having his newest film play at TIFF would seem ideal for him. Daniel Day-Lewis stars with Lesley Manville in a story about the fashion scene in 1950s London.


A Palme d’Or winning film also based on a novel would’ve had a great run at TIFF. The cast is spectacular with Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Williams.


Following Canadian rising star, Jacob Tremblay, Wonder would’ve been ideal to play at TIFF. Stephen Chbosky saw success with The Perks of Being a Wallflower playing at the fest in 2012.


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