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New offerings from the likes of Ken Loach, Terrence Malick, and Walter Hill have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup.

The filmmakers join a previously announced group of heavy-hitters that includes Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner, Jeff Nichols, and Kenneth Lonergan. Loach will offer up “I, Daniel Blake,” a comedy drama about a laborer who falls ill, which premiered at last spring’s Cannes Film Festival. Malick will screen “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” a documentary look at the planets. And Hill will be in full neo-noir mode, premiering, “(Re)Assignment,” a revenge story about an assassin who is betrayed by gangsters.

James Franco, Hollywood’s favorite polymath, will debut his latest exploration of the literary canon — “In Dubious Battle,” the John Steinbeck novel about a migrant workers’ uprising. Other works of note include “Christine,” the story of a reporter’s on-air suicide from Antonio Campos (“Simon Killer”), and “The Exception,” the feature film debut of stage director David Leveaux.

The Toronto Film Festival is considered to be an essential stop in the awards race. It takes place from Sept. 8 through Sept. 18. Here’s a list of the new additions. They join such previously announced films as “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington, “LBJ” with Woody Harrelson, and “Nocturnal Animals” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

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James Franco’s bringing a wild post-apocalyptic journey to the big screen with the movie “Future World,” and we have exclusive photos of the star and co-director on set in Palm Springs.

Franco gathers around in costume with the cast, including Snoop Dogg, Method Man and Suki Waterhouse in the brand new pics.

Based on an original story by Franco, the film follows a young prince and a robot “on a daring journey of self-discovery through the violent and desolate world of the Wastelands,” according to Variety.

Snoop Dogg, whose casting was just announced last week, made a surprise appearance on set Wednesday to take on the role of “Love Lord.”

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AMBI Distribution has come on to represent international rights in Cannes to the musical starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson.

Basmati Blues will gets its market debut screening on the Croisette and also stars Cannes competition juror Donald Sutherland, Scott Bakula and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Paradigm handles US rights.

The film centres on a starry-eyed scientist who teams up with a local farmer and uncovers corporate wrongdoing when she is sent to India to sell genetically modified rice.

Tyne Daly, Saahil Segal, Dalip Tahil, Bugs Bhargava and Lakshmi Manchu round out the cast.

Dan Baron directed Basmati Blues from a screenplay he wrote with Jeff Dorchen.

Monique Caulfield and Jeffrey Soros produce and Ruedi Gerber, Jeff Kleeman, Elliott Lester and Randy Paul serve as executive producers.

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AMBI Distribution, the sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling worldwide sales and will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes next month.

Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have signed on to star in the psychological thriller Black Butterfly.

Directed by Brian Goodman (What Doesn’t Kill You), the movie is a remake of the French filmPapillon Noir, written by Herve Korian. Justin Stanley and Steve Hilts are writing the English-language screenplay.

Banderas will play Paul, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group and Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios are financing and producing Black Butterfly. Marc Frydman also is producing, while Mikael Wiren and Alexandra Klim are executive producing.

AMBI Distribution, the sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling worldwide sales and will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes next month.

Principal photography is slated to begin in May in Italy.

“This is a film where emotions cascade as the story unfolds with twists and turns that create unrelenting drama and thrills,” Iervolino said Thursday in a statement. “To pull it off, you need an actor with real gravitas and proven connectivity with audiences, so we feel fortunate to have Antonio step into this incredible role and do what he does best — own a role and deliver amazing performances.”

Added Bacardi: “We are thrilled to be producing a film with such amazing talent on both sides of the camera. Antonio is a powerful force onscreen and has a role here that will tap into his amazing versatility as an actor. On the other side of the camera, we couldn’t be happier to put this film in the hands of Brian, whose vision and passion for this project is tremendously inspiring.”

Banderas is repped by Paradigm, Media Art Management and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman; Rhys Meyers is handled by Brillstein Entertainment; and Goodman is with APA.

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Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Brooke Smith have joined the cast of Marti Noxon’s feature directorial debut To The Bone, the dark anorexia comedy that already stars Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves and Liana Liberto. Noxon wrote the pic inspired by her own personal experience with anorexia.

Meanwhile, AMBI Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have come on board to finance the film along with Sparkhouse Media and will become co-executive producers. That deal will kick off a broader relationship between AMBI and Sparkhouse that will see the pair co-finance and co-produce a slate of films. AMBI Group’s worldwide sales arm AMBI Distribution will also handle global sales of To The Bone and introduce the project next month at Cannes.

Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures will produce along with Sparkhouse’s Karina Miller. Miller heads Sparkhouse with her husband and financier Talal AlAbbar.

Taylor’s recent credits include ABC’s American Crime on the TV side and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials on the film side. She is repped by APA and Circle of Confusion. Sharp, best known for his Tony-winning role in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, is repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management. Smith, repped by Paradigm and Barking Dog Management, recently recurred on Ray Donovan and her film credits include Interstellar and Silence Of The Lambs.

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