By Catherine Scott | The Playlist July 26, 2011 at 3:37AM
It's been a flurry of a morning with the awesome Toronto Film Festival line-up being announced. On top of that comes a ton of first looks at films that have been highly anticipated on our part. First up we have quite a few photos of Steve McQueen's "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. McQueen last directed Fassbender in "Hunger," a movie about the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland. "Hunger" was Fassbender's first shove into the spotlight, and he's now one of the year's "it" guys, knocking it out of the park in "X-Men: First Class" earlier this summer and getting ready for an awards push as Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," rumored to premiere at the Venice Film Festival (and definitely showing at Toronto either way).
We're firmly excited for "Shame", after both McQueen and Fassbender were lauded for "Hunger" in 2008. Add into the mix Mulligan's rising star -- she's in Nicolas Winding Refn's much-lauded "Drive" out in September and is gearing up for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" after beating out many actresses for the role of Daisy -- and we could have a serious Oscar contender in a year of numerous hopefully great films set to bow in the second half of the year.
"Shame" follows Fassbender's character Brandon, a young man living in New York City trying to overcome his sexual compulsions. When his younger sister (Mulligan) comes to visit him, his new life turns upside down. The new pictures look quite promising, and judging solely by Mulligan's wardrobe, it appears that her character might be a little unhinged. Check them out after the jump and sound off in the comments.