TIFF Picks a Hockey Musical to Open Fest, Watch Trailer Below
Two months out from kicking off, the Toronto International Film Festival announced earlier today the opening film of the 35th edition of the popular fall festival. The film that will headline the fest is a - get this - hockey musical (the first of its kind?) called Score: A Hockey Musical featuring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado. The coming-of-age movie portrays a sheltered 17-year-old, played by newcomer Noah Reid, going "from zero to hero" on the ice in a matter of weeks. THR describes it as "Glee with sticks and skates as hockey players croon while slapping a puck round an ice rink." Um I personally think that sounds incredible.
The Toronto Film Fest kicks off on September 9th and last for 11 days. I'll be up heading up there again, as TIFF is one of my favorite fall fests, and I've got a feeling the rest of their selection will be just as exciting. "I can't think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical," says Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking, although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9." I will! The film features 19 original songs about, well, hockey.
Luckily, for those of you impatient to see something from this after hearing about it, Twitch got their hands on the first trailer (embedded below). Suffice it to say, it does look awesome, but that may just be because I have a weak spot for musicals. Score: A Hockey Musical is written/directed by homegrown Toronto native Michael McGowan which makes this a perfect choice. Check out the trailer below! Anyone want to see this?
For more information on this fest, visit the official Toronto International Film Festival website at: tiff.net.