SXSW: Emily Blunt's 'A Quiet Place' to Open Fest

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John Cena starrer 'Blockers' and Stanley Tucci's 'Final Portrait' are also set for the Austin-based festival.

SXSW on Wednesday announced the feature film lineup for the 25th edition of the Austin, Texas-based festival, which will open with the world premiere of the horror thriller A Quiet Place from director John Krasinski.

Other headliner screenings include the Kay Cannon comedy Blockers, starring John Cena and Leslie Mann; and Geoffrey Rush-led The Final Portrait from director Stanley Tucci. Christopher Plummer's family dramedy Boundaries and Daryl Hannah's Paradox also will debut, as will Prospect, a sci-fi Western from rising filmmakers Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell.

The comedy Write When You Get Work, Jim Cummings' Thunder Road and Melanie Lynskey starrer Sadie are among the films in the narrative feature competition, while the doc competition will see screenings of titles that tackle everything from Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista revolution to transgender persons in the military. 

The full lineup will include 43 films from first-time filmmakers, along with 82 world premieres. New this year is an independent episodic section, an expansion of the fest's episodic section, that will feature the premiere of Barry, directed by Bill Hader, and Jordan Peele's The Last O.G., starring Tracey Morgan. 

“2018 marks the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival and my tenth year at the helm," said Janet Pierson, SXSW's director of film. "As we look back on the body of work of talent discovered, careers launched and wonderful films we’ve enjoyed, we couldn’t be more excited about the future. This year’s slate, while peppered with works from many of our alumni, remains focused on new voices, new directors and a range of films that entertain and enlighten.” 

As previously announced, the festival's speakers series will include Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Girls creator Lena Dunham, actor Ethan Hawke and director Spike Lee.

The 25th edition of SXSW is set to run March 9-18 in Austin.

Additional titles are still being announced, but the current lineup can be found here.