Update: Xavier Dolan let us know that this poster is a fan-made fake. We apologize for the error. With anticipation for Dolan’s films higher than ever before, we’re not surprised that fans are paying tribute to him with great art.
Xavier Dolan’s star-studded picture “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” is the filmmaker’s first English-language directing project. Now, the highly anticipated film has its first poster — which includes a distinctive Easter egg.
The one-sheet is very simple and shows the names of the impressive cast, including Adele in her acting debut. The film’s ensemble includes Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire.
“John F. Donovan” follows a young actor, 10 years after the death of an American TV star he corresponded with as a teenager, recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The movie will explore the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through its characters’ lives both then and now.
Adele previously worked with Dolan on the music video for her smash single “Hello.” According to previous reports, she is not expected to record any original music for the film.
Dolan, who also wrote the film, is producing with his Sons of Manual partner Nancy Grant and Lyse Lafontaine of Lyla Films. Joe Iacono is executive producer.
The helmer’s last film, “It’s Only the End of the World,” starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize.
“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” is expected to be released in the U.S. in 2017. The film will be released in both France and Canada on September 23.
Check out the poster below and let us know if you find the unexpected twist.
*Spoiler: Michael Gambon’s name is on there twice.