The Rob Ford movie will be premiering at SXSW this year

Jan 17 2019, 8:49 pm

The Rob Ford movie will be premiering at this spring’s SXSW.

The film, which was filming in Toronto last year, features English actor Damian Lewis playing the former Toronto mayor.

Lewis is best known for his starring roles on Showtime’s hit shows ‘Homeland’ and ‘Billions.’

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The Ford movie is called “Run This Town” an also stars Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud.

“After graduation, Bram gets his dream job at a local newspaper. In his mind he’s the next Woodward (but he’s probably more of a Bernstein),” reads the film synopsis on SXSW 2019’s website.

“A year in, he realizes that maybe the paper business is no longer what he’d seen in the movies. Instead of investigative journalism, he is writing easily consumable Top 10 Lists – Best Hot Dogs in the City! Ten Ways to Tell You Grew Up in the 90s!

“After the paper is hit with another round of layoffs, Bram stumbles upon a potentially explosive story involving the city’s controversial mayor. But he needs to beat the mayor’s smooth talking aide, Kamal, to the punch. This could be Bram’s big break — if he had any idea how to be a real journalist.”

The synopsis doesn’t offer up Ford’s name, or the name of the city.

SXSW runs from March 8 to 17, 2019 and takes place in Austin, TX.

In 2017, a film called Filth City was released, which was based on true events of a mayor seeking re-election.

Ford passed away in 2016.