Fans rave over Redford on red carpet

TIFF fans were treated to a whole host of stars walking the red carpet for the premiere of Robert Redford’s directorial effort The Conspirator at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday night, including the Hollywood legend himself.

The crowd of stargazers outside of Roy Thomson Hall caught a glimpse of Redford ahead of Saturday night’s world premiere, joined on the red carpet by the film’s stars James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Robin Wright, and Justin Long.

The film focused on a young union war hero (played by McAvoy) who must defend Mary Surratt, a mother (played by Wright) accused of aiding her son in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Following the premiere, moviegoers had high praise for both McAvoy and Wright, with one fan telling Tribute that Scottish actor McAvoy’s American accent in the emotional historical drama was flawless, and that Wright’s performance as Mary Surratt was “solid”.

The movie is still reportedly looking for a distribution deal. As a result, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week that the festival's public stage “will factor heavily as potential buyers watch and weigh audience reaction in Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday evening”.


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