There will be stars after all.
A day after the Sundance Film Festival revealed its 2011 competition lineup -- a slate that deliberately favored unfamiliar filmmakers working with little-known actors -- the nation's top showcase for movies made outside the studio system revealed its premiere slate, and a lot of A-listers will be headed to Park City, Utah, come Jan. 20.
The dramatic premiere roster includes new films starring Greg Kinnear ("The Convincer"), Tobey Maguire ("The Details"), Kevin Spacey ("Margin Call"), Paul Rudd ("My Idiot Brother"), Ewan McGregor ("Perfect Sense") and Pierce Brosnan ("Salvation Boulevard"). Among the women in leading and supporting roles: Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Julia Ormond, Zooey Deschanel, Eva Green, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Katie Holmes and Amy Ryan.
In a surprising twist, only two of the dramatic premieres already have distribution deals. Fox Searchlight will be represented with two new movies: "Cedar Rapids," directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Ed Helms, and writer-director Tom McCarthy's "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti.
With Sony Pictures pulling Gus Van Sant's "Restless" out of the festival at the last minute (following the film's release-date change from January to later next year), that means a dozen of the premiere titles will arrive in Utah with no distributor, assuming no deals are struck in the next month and a half.
"A lot of companies aren't making that much," said festival director John Cooper in explaining why so few premiere titles already have distribution.
Cooper also said he was launching a new documentary premiere section, which will feature eight new works from more established nonfiction directors. "It almost felt necessary for the last couple of years," he said. "There's almost a documentary industry now, which continues to grow and grow."
In addition to announcing the premiere titles, the festival also made public its selections for the genre-heavy Park City at Midnight films, its low-budget Next section, the Native American showcase, its experimental New Frontier films and the movies for Spotlight, generally reserved for works that already have played at other festivals.
-- John Horn
Here's the lineup, and descriptions as provided by the festival: