‘Joker’ and Fred Rogers drama among galas set for Toronto film festival

TORONTO — A standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, a drama featuring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, and a concert-style film from Bruce Springsteen are among the projects bound for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers have unveiled the first slate of galas and special presentations for this year’s festival, which runs Sept. 5-15.

Galas include the highly anticipated psychological thriller “Joker” by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, starring Phoenix as the titular maniacal DC Comics character and Robert De Niro as a talk-show host who influences him.

Meanwhile, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” by Marielle Heller stars Hanks as the aforementioned children’s television entertainer alongside Matthew Rhys as a journalist assigned to profile him.

And Springsteen will have a gala with “Western Stars” by Thom Zimny, a performance documentary film in which he plays his album of the same name.

Last week another major music-focused film was announced for TIFF: “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The

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