3 preems set for Toronto

World premieres of “Rudy,””Bopha!” and “The Joy Luck Club” have been confirmed for Toronto’s Festival of Festivals which opens Sept. 9.

Selected as the closing-night gala, TriStar’s “Rudy” stars Sean Astin in the real life story of a young man determined to play for Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish despite thefact he’s a physically unlikely candidate.

Produced by Rob Fried and Cary Woods, the project is noteworthy for reuniting the creative team behind “Hoosiers”– director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo.

Freeman’s directing debut

Marking the screen directing debut of performer Morgan Freeman, “Bopha!” is a tale of racial tension set and filmed in South Africa. Starring Danny Glover as a policeman in the townships, the drama ultimately confronts changing attitudes in the country and the rift it creates between father and son. Alfre Woodard and Maynard Eziashi co-star in the adaptation of Percy Mtwa play. Produced by Arsenio Hall Communications in association with Taubman Entertainment, the film will be released via Paramount.

Amy Tan’s bestseller “The Joy Luck Club” tells the story of two generations of Chinese women. The older women were raised in the Mainland while their daughters are seen growing up in San Francisco.

Tan adapted her novel for the screen with Oscar-winner Ron Bass for director Wayne Wang. Made under the auspices of Oliver Stone’s Ixtlan Prods., the Hollywood Pictures release is scheduled to open commercially in late September.

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