TIFF 2018: Chris Pine's period drama Outlaw King to open the festival

Aug 14 2018, 8:44 pm

A period drama chronicling the rise of 14th-century Scotland will be TIFF’s opening night gala presentation.

The world premiere of Outlaw King, David Mackenzie’s anticipated new release, will open the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 6, at Roy Thomson Hall.

The epic tale reunites award-winning director David Mackenzie with actor Chris Pine, who takes on the starring role of the legendary Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, who leads a band of outlaws to reclaim the throne from the clutches of the English crown and its army.

The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle.

“TIFF’s Opening Night Film, Outlaw King, tells a powerful story that is rich in drama, excitement, romance, and adventure,” said Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF, in a release.

“Audiences are promised a thrilling journey back in time, as David Mackenzie masterfully unwraps history with taut dramatic flare and brings to life the true story of Scottish hero Robert the Bruce. Gripping performances led by Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson make this a classic, entertaining, and action-packed Festival opener.”

The film also marks the first Scottish movie to ever open during TIFF, according to director, David Mackenzie.

“The Festival is the perfect launch pad for our realistic epic, and we are delighted to be the first Scottish film ever to open Toronto,” said Mackenzie. “I cannot imagine a better place to have our World Premiere.”

Outlaw King opens in select theatres and launches globally on Netflix November 9, 2018.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

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