The Toronto Film Festival today revealed that David Dobkin’s The Judge will open the 2014 festival on Thursday, September 4. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton, the film had been announced as one of the fest’s Gala titles.

TIFF describes the film this way: Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘The Judge’

Anonymous
2 months
Great acting, no CGI, smart storytelling is what I hear.
Mr Seen It
2 months
It's actually a much better film than it sounds. Acting is top notch across the board.
Tentoes
2 months
Interesting. I'll go see that!

Toronto Film Festival Logo“The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the festival with The Judge,” said Piers Handling, Toronto’s director and CEO. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event.”

Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “We are so proud to be taking The Judge to TIFF, and honored to be in the opening night slot. The film is truly deserving and we believe the always-discerning audience in Toronto will appreciate it as much as we do.”

TIFF runs September 4-14.