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‘Miss Sloane’ to World Premiere at AFI Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

Miss Sloane,” an upcoming thriller about a top lobbyist who takes on the gun industry, will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest, Variety has learned.

The film will screen on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. “Miss Sloane” joins a lineup that includes “La La Land,” “Jackie,” and the world premieres of “The Comedian” with Robert De Niro and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”

A spokeswoman for AFI Fest declined to comment and a spokeswoman for EuropaCorp could not be reached.

“Miss Sloane” could land Jessica Chastain her third Oscar nomination for her performance in the title role as an icy and determined Beltway player. She has previously been nominated for “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Chastain’s odds could have improved after Paramount revealed that Viola Davis will campaign in the best supporting actress category. The lead actress race is tight, with Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), and Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) all expected to vie for attention.

“Miss Sloane” is a twisty tale that finds an ethically malleable lobbyist who leaves a white-shoe law firm to try to pass a gun control bill.

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EuropaCorp bought the film out of the Toronto Film Festival and will push it into theaters on Nov. 25. John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) directs “Miss Sloane.” The cast includes Mark Strong, Sam Waterston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, and Alison Pill.

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