Québec director Jean-Marc Vallée broke out in 2013 with “Dallas Buyers Club” and hasn’t, it seems, stopped working since. His new film “Wild” bowed at Venice and Telluride and will head to Toronto this week before entering awards season as a major player — a potential Best Actress vehicle for Reese Witherspoon.
Vallée is now setting up for his followup, “Demolition,” yet another emotionally wrought film that will redeem its troubled protagonist, here an investment banker widower (Gyllenhaal) whose world is changed by an unexpected encounter with a woman (Watts).
Watts is also seen in another fest hit, “Birdman,” and will also appear in Toronto in Noah Baumbach’s anticipated couples-in-crisis movie “While We’re Young” — his first film since kitschy New Wave love letter “Frances Ha” played festivals in 2012, and theaters last year.
Gyllenhaal will also appear in TIFF entry “Nightcrawler,” a raved-about LA crime journo thriller that will close Fantastic Fest later in September before hitting theaters on Halloween.
“Demolition” will be produced by Black Label Media, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Mr. Mudd. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales on the TIFF market.