Connelly, Bettany to open Toronto film fest

July 14, 2009 11:03:26 AM PDT
Real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany are kicking off September's Toronto International Film Festival with the life story of Charles Darwin. Bettany stars as the theory-of-evolution pioneer and Connelly plays his wife in "Creation," which opens the festival Sept. 10.

The Toronto event is among a flurry of film festivals that help launch Hollywood's awards season each year.

Other films announced by festival organizers include Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh's whistle-blower saga "The Informant"; Clive Owen's widower drama "The Boys Are Back"; Michael Douglas' womanizer tale "Solitary Man"; and Tim Blake Nelson's comic story "Leaves of Grass," with Edward Norton in dual roles as twin brothers.