Oscar-Winning Director John Madden Gets Whistler Fest Tribute

John Madden

The 'Shakespeare in Love' director is bringing his latest film, the Jessica Chastain-starrer 'Miss Sloane,' to the resort festival.

Oscar-winning filmmaker John Madden is set to receive the Maverick Award for directing at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival.

The tribute will occur as the helmer brings his latest film, Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain, to the annual event in British Columbia.

Madden is best known for his 1998 best picture Oscar winner Shakespeare in Love, as well as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015).

“We are thrilled to have master director John Madden join us for the Canadian premiere of Miss Sloane," Paul Gratton, the fest's director of programming, said Wednesday in a statement.

Madden will join a talent lineup in Whistler that includes Alan Thicke, who is bringing his latest movie, It's Not My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway; Middle Man's Jim O'Heir; Amy Jo Johnson, director of The Space Between; and Menorca star Tammy Gillis.

Fest organizers earlier announced La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will open this year's Whistler Film Festival, which is set to run Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

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