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Jeff Labrecque
January 09, 2014 AT 08:00 PM EST

Jon Favreau’s Chef will be the opening-night world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 7, 2014. The film, directed by Favreau and co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, and Sofia Vergara, is the story of a chef (Favreau) who swaps a successful career in a popular L.A. restaurant for a job running a food-truck in Miami. “Jon Favreau’s wonderfully entertaining return to independent filmmaking works beautifully as our 2014 opening-night film, with his sharp and funny take on the world of food, artistry, and family in the age of social media,“ said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film.

The 21st SXSW Festival, which runs March 7-15, will also host the world premiere of Veronica Mars, the Kickstarter-backed adaptation of the cult TV series. Click below for additional highlights from the festival, which also includes Fox’s new Cosmos miniseries with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The 2014 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

Break Point (World Premiere / SXsports screening)

Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto

Two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. The

mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy, re-discover their game

and their brotherhood.

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart

Chef (World Premiere)

Director: Jon Favreau, Screenplay & Story: Jon Favreau

When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant

after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left

to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his

friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef

Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

Producers are Jon Favreau and Sergei Bespalov. Executive producers include Molly Allen and Karen

Gilchrist. Open Road Films will release Chef in May 2014.

Cast: Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver

Platt, Robert Downey, Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony.

Creep (World Premiere)

Director: Patrick Brice, Screenwriters: Patrick Brice & Mark Duplass

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in the outer-exurbs, he finds his client

is not at all what he initially seems.

Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Special Event with Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Director: Brannon Braga

As with the legendary original series, FOX’s new COSMOS is the saga of how we discovered the laws

of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. The series is hosted by renowned

astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest

for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos

on the grandest — and the smallest — scale. Executive Produced by Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane,

Brannon Braga and Mitchell Cannold.

Doc of the Dead (World Premiere)

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of

the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and

investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak.

Leave the World Behind (World Premiere)

Director: Christian Larson

A documentary following the final tour of the hugely successful band Swedish House Mafia. The film

depicts the EDM scene at its peak as well as telling a story of friendship and success. (United


Veronica Mars (World Premiere)

Director: Rob Thomas, Screenwriters: Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to

her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery.

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Gaby

Hoffman, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Jerry O’Connell

In addition to films, SXSW will feature over 150 informative and entertaining sessions, including its first-ever daily keynotes, previously announced to include Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat. The complete festival lineup will be announced Jan. 30, excluding Midnighter features, which will be announced with the Short Film lineup on Feb. 5.

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