CONFIRMED: Will Smith is coming to TIFF 2012

CONFIRMED: Will Smith is coming to TIFF 2012

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Movie megastar Will Smith is expected to attend TIFF this year—though, honestly, we can’t figure out why. He doesn’t appear to have a film screening—as an actor, director or producer—and neither his wife Jada nor his son Jayden seem to be directly involved in anything on offer. Still, Smith is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, grossing $30 million last year, and his star power is undoubtedly a boon for the festival. If he wants to simply hang out and party, Dave Matthews-style, we suspect nobody will mind.

UPDATE: Thanks to the Toronto Star’s Pete Howell—and a tip from one of our intrepid commenters—we now know why Will Smith is traveling to Toronto. TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey invited Smith and his wife to the festival to help present Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, a documentary that they’re supporting. No word yet on whether or not he plans to party like Dave Matthews.