'Saving Mr. Banks' launches fest on Nov. 7
The “centerpiece gala” films will screen at the Chinese Theater.
“Furnace,” starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson, will screen on Nov. 9. “Nebraska,” which launched at Cannes in May, will screen on Nov. 11 and include a tribute to star Bruce Dern.
The AFI Fest is still searching a replacement for Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” which had been set for a Nov. 8 world premiere at the Chinese Theater before being pushed back to next year.
The AFI announced four weeks ago that the North American premiere of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, would launch the festival on Nov. 7. “Inside Llewyn Davis” is the closing night film on Nov. 14.